Peer Support Services Need Workable Guidelines
Five years ago, Medicaid recognized peer support services as an evidence-based, reimbursable model of care. Insurance companies and managed care organizations have embraced peer support services and are formally incorporating them into their networks of covered behavioral health care services. Nonetheless, there are important gaps in national standards and licensing, and there is an urgent need for state Medicaid programs to develop level-of-care guidelines on which to base coverage and reimbursement. In this column, a group of clinical professionals and consumer representatives suggests some workable guidelines.