The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) is working with federal partners to build a benefit that will help people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues or substance use disorders access needed services that lead to recovery and self-sufficiency.
As part of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Disability Council, DSAMH provides feedback and information regarding the impact of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. Continued CHIP funding has made it out of committee and is part of ongoing bipartisan discussions taking place with Sen. Hatch playing a key role to move it forward.
DSAMH also meets regularly with the Department of Health’s Division of Medicaid and Health Financing to discuss the details of Medicaid Waivers being sought by the state of Utah and considered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services /U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. Discussions involve how to define the population of focus and the operationalization of those definitions into policy and practice.