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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

SAMHSA Extends Deadline for CCBHC Comments to Feb 18

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has extended the deadline for comments on draft certification criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs): comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder providers authorized by the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The deadline for comments is tomorrow, February 18, 2015.

The draft criteria will determine eligibility for organizations to participate in the demonstration program under the law, set to be rolled out later this year. The National Council has many concerns with the draft criteria and worked swiftly to communicate these concerns to SAMHSA.

The National Council drafted a template comment letter for advocates to use. Please join us in urging regulators to consider extensive revisions to the criteria, simplifying quality requirements and incentivizing participation of states.

To make it simple, we’ve drafted a template comment letter for you to use. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the comment letter and fill in the highlighted details.
  2. Submit your comments here by entering the comments into the corresponding section titles.
  3. Forward on to your colleagues so they can build on your advocacy!

Comments are due by 5pm eastern Wednesday, February 18. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for your hard work and advocacy.