Ohio Medicaid seeks company to oversee treatment of children with complex mental health issues

October 29, 2020
By Laura Hancock

For thousands of Ohio parents, treatment of their children’s complicated mental health and developmental issues is so expensive that they must relinquish custody to the foster system so their kids get the help they need, via Ohio Medicaid.

Mark Butler — a Central Ohio father of a son who has autism, a severe intellectual disability, several mental illnesses and is nonverbal — said that time came in 2013, when it was obvious that Andrew’s violent outbursts and behavioral issues were too extreme to address at home. He needed residential treatment outside Ohio. Neither the Medicaid program that covered Andrew at the time, nor the family’s private insurance, would pay for the treatment.

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