Drug Rehab Centers Covered by Medicaid in California

Last updated: 27 June 2022


Within the state of California, many different drug and alcohol treatment facilities all over the state will accept Medicaid health insurance. When someone is battling a substance use disorder or an addiction, they will be needing help, whether this is inpatient or outpatient treatment. Medicaid is an insurance provider for low-income families and people, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and pregnant women with children, but each state does have different eligibility requirements, and people battling addiction should still apply for Medicaid. Many addicts in California do struggle with being able to afford private drug and alcohol rehabilitation and will have to rely on Medicaid to help them pay for some or all the costs. When drug and alcohol treatment programs accept Medicaid, the service provider will receive the payments directly, and the patient may have to pay an out-of-pocket cost, often referred to as a co-payment. Throughout the state of California are many different types of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and services, many of which will accept Medicaid.


The listing below contains facilities that take Medicaid as payment in California. It can be incomplete so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

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Medi-Cal and Substance Use and Rehabilitation

The state of California has been taking specific efforts to provide quality care for people with substance use problems. Medi-Cal is a tool used to address the problem associated with drug addiction and opioid use disorders among the low-income population in California. Services that are covered by Medi-Cal include Medication-Assisted Treatment using medications, such as buprenorphine, naloxone, and methadone. Many individuals in the state struggle to gain access to drug treatment programs, particularly those within low-income Medi-Cal beneficiaries. In 2016 around 2.7 million residents in California has a drug or alcohol addiction, which was around 8% of the population. Roughly 2.1 million residents in California had an alcohol use disorder, and approximately 1.1 million had an illegal drug problem.

More than 200,000 residents in California have an opioid use disorder that was related to medications for pain treatment. Roughly 10% of the opioid addicts in the state are receiving medication-assisted treatment. Most of the opioid use disorders within the state are affecting low-income individuals, and Medi-Cal plays an essential role in helping people receive the treatment they need. Nationally, Medicaid programs represent the single most significant source of coverage for drug addiction services. Medicaid accounts for around 27% of all drug addiction treatment spending in the United States. Within the state of California, approximately 1.2 million residents in California were using Medi-Cal to help pay for treatment.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 27, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.