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Texas Health Steps benefit changes cover PPD and adolescent mental health screening

Two changes in mental health screening benefits are available through Texas Health Steps beginning July 1, 2018. 

Maternal postpartum depression screening will become a benefit during an infant’s Texas Health Steps checkup. Maternal postpartum depression screening may be completed during a Texas Health Steps checkup, prior to the infant’s first birthday. Providers may receive separate reimbursement for the screening, in addition to reimbursement for the checkup. A validated postpartum depression screening tool must be used.

Texas Health Steps will allow reimbursement for annual mental health screenings, using an approved screening tool, for adolescents 12 through 18 years of age. Providers may receive separate reimbursement annually for the screening, in addition to reimbursement for the checkup.

For more information on changes to mental health screenings during a Texas Health Steps checkup, please visit the Texas Health Steps website.