BadgerCare Plus: Residential Facility Substance Use Disorder Treatment

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New benefit to provide residential treatment for substance use disorder

BadgerCare Plus and Wisconsin Medicaid will cover residential treatment for substance use disorder. This is a new benefit that covers all members with substance use disorder requiring a residential level of care. 

The current public health emergency has slowed our efforts, but we continue to conduct research, engage stakeholders, plan for implementation, and evaluate various reimbursement structures. The timeline for implementing this benefit will depend on the benefit model chosen that best meets the needs of our members’ and ensures a strong system of care. 

All other benefits related to substance use disorder remain available and can be used as appropriate.

January 29, 2020, Listening Session

We recognize access to substance use disorder treatment services is critical, and are committed to working with members, tribes, providers, and counties to support and enhance behavioral health services. We held an online listening session to hear your thoughts and insights on January 29, 2020. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of the listening session and view the presentation slides.

We encourage you to submit questions or feedback at any time. 

For more information on substance use disorder or if you or someone you know needs help, go to the DHS substance use disorder page.

Stakeholder input

DHS would like to hear from stakeholders regarding the implementation of this new benefit. We encourage you to submit questions or feedback at any time. 

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Published in accordance with the policies included in the federally approved waiver for the BadgerCare Reform 1115 Demonstration Waiver, per s. 20.940(3)(c)(2).

Last Revised: August 24, 2020