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Shelley Starkey

SAMHSA Releases First Annual CCBHC Report to Congress

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), a new comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment model that is currently active in eight states, have been transforming care across the country since they launched in mid-2017. As required by the legislation that gave rise to CCBHCs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued its first annual report to Congress on the status of the program late last week. The report outlines the genesis of the CCBHC program, the process that clinics have undergone to become CCBHCs, the current status of the program’s implementation, and long-term sustainability efforts.

To participate in the CCBHC program, a clinic must provide a comprehensive array of mental health and addiction services, with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination, and integration with physical health care. SAMHSA’s report outlines a number of evidence-based practices that CCBHCs often provide, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the gold standard of opioid addiction treatment. In exchange for providing a wide array of evidence-based services, CCBHCs receive a Medicaid payment rate that covers their costs of expanding service lines, improving the availability of crisis care, and serving new patients.

SAMHSA projects that the current 67 CCBHCs will serve over 380,000 individuals across their 372 locations in 190 counties in the 8 demonstration states (MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA). The report further provides “State Snapshots” that show the specific impact CCBHCs are having in each of the eight participating states.

TAKE ACTION – URGE CONGRESSIONAL COSPONSORSHIP

The CCBHC program will come to end in June 2019 if Congress takes no action to continue investment in this innovative and effective model. With legislation introduced in both the House and the Senate to expand the program to more states for more years, now is the time to increase support for CCBHCs on Capitol Hill. Take a few moments today to urge your legislators to cosponsor the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (H.R. 3931/S. 1905). Together, we can ensure every community has comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment.