CMS final rule strengthens access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for millions of beneficiaries who receive services through Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid alternative benefit plans or CHIP.  Final rule released March 29 2016 by the CMS.

States and plans must be in compliance no later than 18 months after publication of the final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register March 30.

For more information the executive memo is at