TAHP Recommends HHSC Request Funding for Mental Health in 2026-27 LAR

To address the growing need for mental and behavioral health support services, we recommend HHSC request funding to establish intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) as Medicaid benefits. These are ”step-down” services following an individual’s inpatient hospital stay for mental and behavioral health needs. HHSC estimates the cost to provide these services is roughly $6M in General Revenue every two years.

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