Behavioral Health Treatments

L.A. Care covers behavioral health treatment (BHT) services for members under 21 years old through the EPSDT benefit. BHT includes services and treatment programs such as applied behavior analysis and evidence-based behavior intervention programs that develop or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of a person under 21 years old.

BHT services teach skills using behavioral observation and reinforcement or through prompting to teach each step of a targeted behavior. BHT services are based on reliable evidence. They are not experimental. Examples of BHT services include behavioral interventions, cognitive behavioral intervention packages, comprehensive behavioral treatment, and applied behavioral analysis.

BHT services must be medically necessary, prescribed by a licensed doctor or psychologist, approved by the plan, and provided in a way that follows the approved treatment plan.

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