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Malka Berro

Policy Associate

New CCBHC Grants, CARA 3.0

July 9, 2021 | Uncategorized | Comments
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On Wednesday, July 14, from 2-3 p.m. ET,  the National Council is hosting “Our Nation’s Wellbeing: Where Do We Go from Here?”, the next event in our “Wellbeing Wednesday” virtual learning series. This month, we are featuring a timely and powerful discussion between U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MPH, and Chuck Ingoglia, the National Council’s president and CEO. This can’t-miss conversation will be moderated by Dr. Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist, professor of psychology at Yale University and host of “The Happiness Lab” podcast. Reserve your seat today.


New CCBHC Grants Announced

This week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded 100 grants enabling clinics to implement or expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model – an initiative designed to expand access to comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment. With this latest round of grant funding, in addition to awards announced in February of this year, there are now 431 CCBHCs across the country – a 92% increase from the start of 2021. Read Chuck Ingoglia’s statement.


CARA 3.0 Introduced in the House

Last week, Representatives Trone (D-MD), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kuster (D-NH), Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Ryan (D-OH), McKinley (R-WV), Tonko (D-NY), and Joyce (R-OH) introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0. This legislation would increase funding for substance use prevention, treatment, criminal justice, and recovery programs. The legislation prohibits states from requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) under Medicaid, permanently allows providers to prescribe MAT via audio-only telehealth after criteria are met, removes limits on the number of patients a physician can treat with buprenorphine and methadone, and creates a pilot program to study mobile methadone clinics in rural and underserved areas.


HRSA Updates HPSAs

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated its lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, dental health, and mental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). Explore HPSAs by type, status, and state.



Write Your Legislators. Since launching in 2017, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) have dramatically increased access to comprehensive, community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act (H.R. 4323/S. 2069) would allow all states to participate CCBHC demonstration and authorizes funding for current grantees. Take action today.



New CMS Director of Center for Medicare. On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Dr. Meena Seshamani as Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicare.