Some health plans work with another health insurance plan that specializes in mental health and substance abuse.
Check the benefits handbook or call a Member Services Representative at your child's health plan to learn more about mental health benefits.
How to find a mental health provider in the plan
The number of outpatient mental health visits the plan will pay for each year
The number of inpatient mental health hospital days the plan will pay for each year
How authorizations for inpatient and outpatient mental health services are arranged
What to do in case of a mental health emergency
Mental Health Parity LawMassachusetts has a special law, called the Mental Health Parity Law, which requires most insurance plans in Massachusetts to provide equal coverage for mental and physical conditions. For example, this law makes sure that your child receives approval for the number of mental health office visits or hospital days he or she needs based on medical necessity.
For more information about the Mental Health Parity Law, contact:
- Health Law Advocates, Inc at 617-338-5241
- National Association of Social Workers - Massachusetts Chapter at (617) 227-9635
- PAL Parent Resource Network Hotline at (866) 815-8122
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.