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Behavioral Health Services Available to Students Who Are Not Eligible for Medicaid

With a referral from an educational institution, underinsured and uninsured students can receive counseling and therapy for anxiety, depression, social isolation, and other behavioral health needs.

September 2, 2021

Through funding first appropriated during the 2020 Arizona Legislative session, children enrolled in a pre-K through grade 12 school who are underinsured or uninsured can continue to receive behavioral health care services at little to no cost.

“The action the Arizona State Legislature took in 2020 broadens access to behavioral health services for children, offering even more support to students as they return to the classroom after the pandemic,” AHCCCS director Jami Snyder said. “We are encouraged that Arizona is making strides toward integrating mental health care services as a vital component of overall health and optimal wellness.”

The Children's Behavioral Health Services Fund, administered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), provides behavioral health care services to students regardless of insurance coverage. Services can include counseling, therapy, and other treatments for common mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues students face.

Students enrolled in a pre-K through grade 12 public institution who have little to no health care insurance only need a referral from a participating school to take advantage of this program. Learn more at www.azahcccs.gov/BHinSchools.

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