About Us: History
As services offered to the mentally ill became more diverse and comprehensive, it also became clear that helping people function at optimal levels would require the addition of treatment services for addiction disorders. This coordinated brand of service was labeled as “behavioral healthcare” — and providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare services is the goal of community-based organizations today.
Today, community-based behavioral healthcare continues to be a more effective option than institutionalization — in terms of access to care, quality services, and cost to the taxpayer and private payer. However, the organizations delivering such care have evolved far beyond the original community mental health centers. Community-based behavioral care is delivered by a mix of government and county-operated as well as private nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Services are funded by a patchwork of sources — largely by Medicaid (up to 70% of services) as well as by county, state, and federal programs; Medicare; and private insurance.
With modest increases in investment, today's community behavioral healthcare providers can do an even better job of building healthy minds and strong communities — giving people with mental illness and addictions a chance to recover and lead productive lives.