U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today secured a key victory in the final House-Senate opioid package with the inclusion of their bipartisan proposal to lift the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion.

 

That will expand Americans’ access to treatment for opioid addiction.  

 

The IMD exclusion is a decades-old policy that prohibits states from using federal Medicaid dollars to pay for treatment at residential mental health or substance abuse facilities with more than 16 beds.  

 

The senators’ bipartisan bill would lift this outdated cap for five years, covering all substance-use disorders, so more Americans can access treatment services at these inpatient facilities.