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From Rock Bottom to Recovery – CCBHCs Save Lives

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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Aaron Keller (left), with from Ozark Center staff. Aaron Keller had hit rock bottom. He started using methamphetamines when he was 13. After marrying at 18, he began selling drugs to support his habit. In a single year, Aaron was arrested more than 20 times. At 24, he was sent to prison for 26 months […]

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CCBHCs: Serving Those Who Serve Us

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Cory Gunkel

Social Media Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

About 20 veterans a day die by suicide, and fewer than 50 percent of our returning service members who need mental health care receive it. The statistics are as startling as they are revealing. As veterans return and transition back into civilian life, they too often suffer in silence or reach out for help in […]

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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s CCBHC Story

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Pahoua K. Yang

Vice President, Community Mental Health and Wellness, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

When Cha* was brought to us at the Wilder Foundation, he was out of control and struggling with addiction. He was homeless, had no insurance, no job and no path to recovery. His parents, who were his main support, didn’t speak English.  They didn’t know much about substance use or mental health disorders, but they […]

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CCBHCs are Reviving the Safety-net

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Rebecca Farley David

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

“We hear stories of people in tears when they realize they can get help.” – CCBHC survey respondent Three years ago, we celebrated the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration, designed to expand Americans’ access to community-based addiction and mental health services. We hoped the initiative would provide sustainable footing to combat […]

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CMMI: Look to CCBHCS – They are a Building Block

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Chuck Ingoglia

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is interested in developing and deploying an alternative payment model for people living with behavioral health conditions. To do this, they convened the Behavioral Health Payment and Care Delivery Innovation Summit. It is encouraging to see CMMI’s attention on this important issue. A model already exists that, […]

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CCBHCs: Are you ready to grow your peer services?

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Sarah Flinspach

Project Assistant, National Council for Behavioral Health

It takes more than sunshine and water for a robust Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) peer services program to sprout. CCBHCs: Redefining Behavioral Health Care CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid tasked with utilizing innovative and creative strategies to increase Americans’ access to behavioral health care services. Beginning in 2017, CCBHCs will […]

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Value-based Purchasing. The Future is Here. Prepared?

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By Carol Clayton

Translational Neuroscientist for Relias Learning

Put yourself in  two scenarios: Scenario 1: You are with a large provider agency that spent the last 18 months implementing an electronic record system across 11 sites and three service lines. You just received a Medicaid notice stating that, effective July 1 of this year, your agency will be under a performance-based payment model […]

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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

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Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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