Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)
for MassHealth members under the age of 21
The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is a state-mandated program to enhance behavioral health care for MassHealth members under the age of 21. The initiative includes:
- Education and outreach for early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) services
- Standardized behavioral health screenings and assessments
- Information technology systems to track assessments, treatment planning, and treatment delivery
- Community-based services
Behavioral health screening tools in EPSDT Periodicity Schedule
For a table outlining the accepted behavioral health screening tools that providers must offer to all MassHealth members under 21, please visit our EPSDT resources page.
CBHI medical necessity criteria from MassHealth
CBHI performance specifications from MassHealth
For more information, please visit the CBHI page on Mass.gov.