Get Paid for Mental Health Screenings Via Texas Health Steps


Physicians enrolled in Texas Health Steps are eligible for payment for postpartum and adolescent mental health screenings, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) says.

The screenings are now covered by Texas Health Steps, an HHSC program that helps provide medical and dental care for Medicaid recipients 20 years and younger.

To qualify for payment, you must complete all screenings using validated screening tools and must fully document them, officials say. 

For complete details, check out TMA’s free Aug. 23 webinar: Expanding Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Primary Care

Maternal Postpartum Depression (PPD)

You may conduct a maternal PPD screening during a preventive medical checkup or follow-up visit no later than the infant’s first birthday. You may submit a claim for maternal PPD screening once per infant. You must document screening results and any referrals in the infant’s medical record.

Adolescent Mental Health Screenings

Physicians who conduct annual mental health screening of adolescents (age 12-18) as part of a preventive medical checkup also may claim additional payment. You can claim this annually if you use tools approved by Texas Health Steps and submit required documentation. 

The webinar, which is free for TMA members, is eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Last Updated On

August 16, 2018