MassHealth Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)

On these web pages you will find essential information, resources, publications, and reports for CBHI, Screening for Behavioral Health Conditions, and Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS).

Our Mission

To ensure that children with MassHealth coverage, who have significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs and their families get the services they need for success in home, school, community, and throughout life.

What We’re Doing

We are doing this by strengthening, expanding, and integrating Massachusetts behavioral health services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care.

CBHI partners with child and family serving state agencies, providers, and payers to ensure that services

  • meet the individual needs of the child and family;
  • are easy for families to find and access; and
  • make families feel welcomed and respected.


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