CCBHC Program Overview
Welligent provides CCBHC software for states that received a Planning Grant for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The grant was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The CCBHC program is designed to:
- Support states in certifying clinics as CCBHCs to improve quality of services
- Establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services
- Prepare behavioral health clinics to participate in a two year demonstration program
Many organizations are transitioning to the CCBHC model in order to provide more effective care at a lower cost. The new CCBHC model will provide improved coordination and integration of care for all. As noted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, there will be an impact and special focus on care for those with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and chronic Substance Use Disorders (SUD). We will see the expansion of person-centered, family-centered, trauma-informed and recovery-oriented care that integrates physical and behavioral healthcare to serve the “whole person”. You can also expect to see expanded and improved data collection and long-lasting beneficial effects beyond the realm of Medicaid enrollees. For more information on the impact of CCBHCs on our communities, read this presentation by the National Council.
The CCBHC ensures that the following services are provided directly:
- Crisis mental health services—24-hour mobile crisis teams, emergency crisis intervention services and crisis stabilization (unless a state/county sanctioned system for crisis services can act as a DCO)
- Screening, assessment and diagnosis (including risk assessment)
- Person and family-centered treatment planning
- Direct provision of outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services
Phase 1: October 2015, SAMHSA awarded 24 states one-year planning grants to develop their CCBHC projects.
Phase 2: October 31, 2016, Deadline for states to submit applications for the demonstration program (Phase II).
Phase 3: January 1, 2017, SAMHSA will select at eight states to carry out their CCBHC projects and the awarded demonstration project grants will fund the selected CCBHCs for at least two years; January 2017 through December 2018.
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