Understanding AHCCCS Alcohol Rehab Coverage

All you need to know about getting help for alcoholism when you're covered by Arizona AHCCCS.

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Patricia Sullivan MD, MPH

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AHCCCS and Substance Abuse Treatment

As the largest public health insurance program in Arizona, AHCCCS serves as a safety net for eligible residents who cannot afford private insurance. AHCCCS covers a wide range of services, including substance abuse treatment for those struggling with addiction. This includes alcohol rehab services for individuals who qualify based on their financial situation, medical condition, and other factors. The program is designed to promote recovery and help those in need overcome the challenges of addiction.

Understanding Alcohol Rehab Coverage Under AHCCCS

AHCCCS recognizes the importance of providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment for its members. The coverage for alcohol rehab under AHCCCS generally falls under the umbrella of behavioral health services. Some of the services covered by AHCCCS include:

a. Assessment and diagnosis
b. Detoxification
c. Outpatient treatment
d. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
e. Residential treatment
f. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
g. Individual and group counseling
h. Case management
i. Recovery support services

The exact coverage details and limitations may vary depending on factors such as the individual’s eligibility, specific plan, and the availability of the services in their area.

Eligibility Criteria for Alcohol Rehab Coverage

To receive coverage for alcohol rehab services through AHCCCS, individuals must meet specific eligibility criteria. Some of the primary factors that determine eligibility are:

a. Income level:

AHCCCS is a need-based program, so applicants must meet income requirements to qualify.

b. Residency:

The individual must be a resident of Arizona.

c. Citizenship or immigration status:

US citizens and certain legal residents qualify for AHCCCS coverage.

d. Medical necessity:

A qualified healthcare provider must deem the treatment medically necessary.

Those who are unsure about their eligibility, they can consult with their healthcare provider or contact AHCCCS directly for more information.

Accessing Alcohol Rehab Services Through AHCCCS

Once an individual has confirmed their eligibility for AHCCCS coverage and enrolled in a health plan, they can access alcohol rehab services by:

a. Consulting with their primary care provider (PCP) for a referral.

b. Contacting their Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) or Tribal Regional Behavioral Health Authority (TRBHA) to locate treatment providers in their area.

c. Communicating with their health plan’s care management team for assistance coordinating services.

Remembering that the process may vary depending on the health plan and the specific services being sought is crucial.

Potential Limitations and Considerations

Although AHCCCS provides coverage for alcohol rehab services, there may be some limitations and considerations to keep in mind:


Due to high demand, individuals may experience wait times for certain services, especially residential treatment.

Prior authorizations: Some services may require prior authorization from the health plan before coverage is granted.

Co-payments: Depending on the health plan and individual’s financial situation, they may be required to pay co-payments for certain services.



[1] Health-e-Arizona Plus 

Susana Spiegel

Susana Spiegel

Susana has experience writing about addiction, treatment, mental health, and recovery. She holds a Bachelors in Arts of Theology from GCU, and has a deep empathy for those who are struggling with addiction, as she is in recovery herself.

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