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

Key Dates:

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.

FAQs: What is a CCBHC?

CCBHC Software - CCBHC Program Summary Diagram

Welligent Support for CCBHCs

Welligent supports the following CCBHC Services:

  • Crisis mental health services
    • 24-hour mobile crisis teams
    • Emergency crisis intervention services
    • Crisis stabilization
  • Screening, assessment and diagnosis (including risk assessment)
  • Person and family-centered treatment planning
  • Direct provision of outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services
  • Outpatient clinic primary care screening and monitoring of key health indicators and risk
  • Targeted case management
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • Counselor services and peer and family support
  • Intensive, community-based mental healthcare for members of the armed forces and veterans, particularly those in rural areas

You Need an EHR That Offers:

Care Coordination: Your EHR must allow for management of the broad range of services that you provide and those provided by partner organizations. A CCBHC coordinates care across the spectrum of health services, including physical and behavioral health and other social services and establishes or maintains electronic health records (EHR).

  • Health IT system is used to conduct population health management, quality improvement, reducing disparities and for research and outreach

Interoperability: The secure and timely exchange of mental and physical health information is critical to the coordinated care of your clients. Our platform is ONC-certified and provides billing, tracking, scheduling and treatment planning functionality. Our cloud-based EHR solutions capture structured data and allow healthcare providers to participate in care coordination and clinical decision support. Read more on interoperability here.

Data and Analytics: Meet new reporting and quality requirements as a CCBHC by collecting and analyzing data with your Oracle BI Publisher. With Welligent, you can get real-time insight from your EHR data. The Oracle BI Publisher add-on transforms your Welligent service delivery, billing and administrative data into visual insight, allowing quick interpretation and better decision-making for improved clinical care. Learn more about BI Publisher products by clicking here. Welligent has over 1,000 configurable stock reports for your convenience!

Learn the specifics on what the certification criteria are for becoming a CCBHC here:
Demonstration Program to Improve Community Mental Health Centers and to Establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Read more on the CCBHC Program directly from SAMHSA.

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