Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas today announced that the state received 74 letters of interest for participation in the recently received Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grant, a federal grant that encourages states to adopt innovative approaches to community-based behavioral health services.
The federal CCBHC grant is one of the most significant investments in community behavioral health in decades and has the potential to transform the way these services are delivered nationwide. CCBHCs will allow individuals to access a wide array of services at one location and remove the barriers that too often exist across physical and behavioral health systems. For the adults and children with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders that will primarily be served by these community clinics, the increase in coordination and individualized care has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for those served and loved ones.
“This grant from the federal government is a rare opportunity to dramatically rethink the way we provide behavioral health services, particularly for those who have very complex needs and those who can sometimes be reluctant to seek help,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The high level of interest we have received is a clear indicator of the interest out there to find better ways to serve this population. The Department is committed to working closely with providers and stakeholders on ways that we can reshape our current approach.”
The letters of interest are the first step in the planning grant process. The $886k grant will be used by DHS to certify CCBHCs, solicit input from stakeholders, establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in the demonstration program. The award is part of $22.9 million in planning grants to 24 states.
DHS will submit a request for applications on February 1, 2016.
The award is made possible through Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, as part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care.
The planning grant is the first phase of a two-phase process. When the planning phase ends in October 2016, awardees will have an opportunity to apply to participate in a two-year demonstration program that will begin January 2017.
For more information on the Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, visit www.samhsa.gov/grants.
For more information on the Section 223 Demonstration Program for CCBHCs visit http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/financing-and-reimbursement/223-demonstration-for-ccbhc.html.