You Can Use AHCCCS For Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

You Can Use AHCCCS For Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

When you or a loved one needs treatment for a substance use disorder, there’s no question that cost comes to mind. After all, treatment can be expensive. Many families cannot afford the expense out of pocket. Thankfully, more and more insurance companies are covering behavioral health services, including Medicaid. Can you use AHCCCS for outpatient substance abuse treatment?

Arizona Medicaid plans (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS) provide healthcare coverage to more than 1.9 million residents. Individuals with AHCCCS can use this coverage to receive a number of benefits, including mental health and substance abuse treatment. However, there are only a few outpatient treatment centers and rehabs in Phoenix that accept this state-funded insurance. 

To help you make the best treatment choices for yourself or a loved one under AHCCCS, here is some information on what Arizona Medicaid plans are, what they are cover and the quality of treatment you can get. 

What is AHCCCS?

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System plans offer health care coverage to Arizona residents who meet certain income requirements. This health care program is funded by the federal and state governments and contracted with more than 80,000 providers in the state that offer physical and behavioral health care services. 

Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Arizona was able to expand its Medicaid plan to a larger percentage of individuals, including childless adults who earn up to 100% of the federal poverty level and adults who earn up to 133% of the federal poverty level. In 2019, Arizona Medicaid plans covered nearly 2 million Arizona residents, including 48% of Arizona’s children and 54% of babies born in the state. 

For a variety of reasons, many Arizona residents are covered under AHCCCS. If you are one of them and in need of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, Continuum Recovery Center is here to help. We accept many Arizona Medicaid plans and work closely with our clients to get them the most comprehensive holistic outpatient treatment services available in Phoenix. 

What Behavioral Services Does AHCCCS Cover? 

While AHCCCS plans vary greatly, they all include behavioral health services. Covered services under an Arizona Medicaid plan include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Case management
  • Clinical assessments
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Counseling
  • Day programs
  • Education support
  • Employment assistance
  • Family and peer support
  • Health education
  • Inpatient treatment 
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Medically supervised withdrawal
  • Medication management
  • Outpatient services
  • Partial hospitalization programs 
  • Relapse prevention 
  • Stress management 

Are You Eligible to Receive AHCCCS? 

Arizona Medicaid plans are available to Arizona residents who meet certain income requirements and other criteria, which means it extends to people of all ages and walks of life. If you want to apply for AHCCCS, you can view the eligibility requirements here

If you meet the criteria, you can apply for coverage online or print out an application and mail it in. Information you’ll need to fill out the application includes social security numbers, birth dates, employer and income information, expenses, etc. from everyone in the household. 

The main AHCCCS plans are: 

  • American Indian Health Program
  • Arizona Complete Health  
  • Banner University Family Care
  • Care First Health Plan 
  • Magellan Complete Care 
  • Mercy Care 
  • Stewart Health Choice Arizona
  • UnitedHealthcare

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Can I Use AHCCCS to Pay for Holistic Outpatient Drug Treatment

Yes, you can use your AHCCCS plan to pay for treatment. However, be aware that not all holistic recovery centers accept Arizona Medicaid plans. 

If you have a treatment center in mind, you can give them a call and ask if they accept AHCCCS. Providing they do, you can begin treatment right away and ensure that all treatment services will be covered. If you’re unsure of what outpatient drug rehab you want to receive treatment from, you can start with your insurance plan and discover programs in your area that accept AHCCCS.

So, why are more insurance companies covering the cost of substance abuse treatment? 

Without a doubt, research shows that drug addiction treatment reduces associated health and social costs by much more than the cost of treatment itself. The estimated cost of drug abuse in the U.S. is more than $820 billion a year and growing, and treatment can help reduce these costs by decreasing crime and increasing productivity. 

Continuum Recovery Center Accepts AHCCCS 

Continuum Recovery Center offers a whole spectrum of high-quality holistic treatment programs for people dealing with substance abuse and other mental health conditions in Phoenix. While each insurance plan covers different levels of care, in general, most of Continuum’s substance abuse treatment programs are covered under AHCCCS. Specific “out of pocket” payments (the amount not covered by insurance) will depend on your individual plan.

We will help you verify your insurance, discuss your treatment options, and let you know exactly what you will be responsible for. In many cases, it’s much less than you might think – or nothing at all! Rest assured that having a public aid plan is an excellent way to get the majority of your treatment costs covered.   

Furthermore, be aware that our outpatient rehab for substance abuse does not treat people differently based on what they can afford. All clients receive the highest quality care in a safe, compassionate setting. We will tailor your treatment program to meet your unique needs and address underlying mental health issues like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Verify Coverage Now

If you have AHCCCS, you can start treatment at Continuum Recovery Center right away. Contact us at 855-869-7132 and our admissions department will verify insurance coverage and ensure we can address your needs. If you need to apply for AHCCCS, contact us as soon as you are approved for coverage. We also accept many other forms of insurance, so call us today to start your journey to sobriety!