If your child is in a car accident, it’s understood that they may need physical rehabilitation after they leave the hospital as well as outpatient follow-up as part of their recovery process. Intermediate levels of care (such as skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, and long-term care facilities) are all covered services in health plans for a reason. All levels of care mean that people can receive care in the right setting, at the right time, with the right level of supports.
Similarly, if a child faces a life-threatening mental or addictive disorder, they may need intermediate and outpatient care. In behavioral health, these levels of care include such services as residential treatment, partial hospitalizations, and outpatient follow up.
NAPHS urges Congress and the Administration to ensure that a full continuum of hospital, intermediate, and outpatient services remains available for mental and addictive disorders.
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