Behavioral Health Treatment

Medi-Cal covers all medically necessary behavioral health treatment (BHT) for eligible beneficiaries under 21 years of age. This may include children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as children for whom a physician or psychologist determines it is medically necessary. Consistent with state and federal requirements, a physician or a psychologist must recommend BHT services as medically necessary based on whether BHT services will correct or ameliorate any physical and/or behavorial conditions.
 
BHT services include applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and a variety of other behavioral interventions that have been identified as evidence-based approaches that prevent or minimize the adverse effects of behaviors that interfere with learning and social interaction, and promote, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of a beneficiary, including those with or without ASD.
 
Examples of BHT services include behavioral interventions, cognitive behavioral intervention, comprehensive behavioral treatment, language training, modeling, natural teaching strategies, parent/guardian training, peer training, pivotal response training, schedules, scripting, self-management, social skills package, and story-based interventions.
 
Beneficiaries in a Medi-Cal managed care plan receive BHT services from their plan (MCP). For more information, please see the Managed Care Health Plan Directory for contact information.
 
Children with fee-for-service Medi-Cal will receive BHT services from their local Regional Center. For more information about Regional Centers, including directory and listing by county, please visit the Department of Development Services' regional center directory.  

Contact Us

For questions regarding BHT, please contact DHCS-Benefits@dhcs.ca.gov.  

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