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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

SAMHSA Announces States Selected for CCBHC Demonstration

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week announced the selection of eight states to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration under the Excellence in Mental Health Act. Beginning in 2017, certified clinics in the eight states will receive an enhanced Medicaid payment rate based on their anticipated costs of providing an expanded array of addiction and mental health services, along with basic primary care screening and coordination with primary care.

The eight selected states are:

  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • New  Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, sixteen states that also participated in a year of planning and implementation activities were not selected. The current demonstration law limits participation to just eight states. The National Council remains committed to expanding the Excellence Act to all interested states and will continue working with congressional champions in the coming year to expand the scope of this important program.

The eight selected states will now have until June 30, 2017 to launch their two-year demonstration initiatives. The Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration is the largest federal investment in mental health and addiction care in generations and is expected to infuse over $1 billion into the community behavioral health safety net over the course of the program. The demonstration will support clinics in expanding their capacity to serve more Americans in need through a trauma-informed, evidence-based approach to care that provides flexibility for services to be delivered outside the four walls of the clinic.

For more information on CCBHCs, please visit the National Council’s CCBHC Hub.