The Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board and many other facets of the county have been fighting the area’s opiate epidemic. Medicaid expansion allowed the MHARS board to get help for more people.
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Executive Director Scott Rasmus said now is not the time to mess with Medicaid.
“Now is not the time to make sweeping changes to a Medicaid expansion program that is quite literally saving lives in Ohio,” he said. “Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under individuals and families who are desperate for help.”
2. New Family Drug Court program could be in peril
The new court designed to get and keep parents in the Children Services system clean is set to begin tomorrow, a big component of the plan is that Medicaid would pick up the tab for treatment.
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3. Family Preservation program appears safe
Part of the reason Interim JFS Director Bill Morrison outsourced the proven program — that was curtailed altogether several years ago due to budget cuts — was because he can get Medicaid dollars to pay for the program. He couldn’t do that if it were in-house. Since Medicaid is tied to the children, tinkering with adult Medicaid expansion shouldn’t impact the program.
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4. Family Connections visitation program could be unaffected
Same thing in this instance, the outsourced program — that also used to be handle within the agency — relies on the childrens’ Medicaid coverage.
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