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#Fundthe24: A Grassroots Movement for Excellence Act Expansion

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Over the last two weeks, support for expanding the Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration project has grown in communities and states across the country. This week, a national op-ed – signed by 23 state mental health and substance use associations – will be published in The Hill, calling for the full funding of planning grant states. With the year’s end approaching, there is a time-limited window for a possible expansion – and we need your help to seize this opportunity.

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House Subcommittee Approves Amended Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Lawmakers on a key health subcommittee yesterday approved amendments to Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sending the bill on to consideration by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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SAMHSA Announces Excellence Act Planning Grant Awards Winners

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

On Monday, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the 24 states that will receive funding as part of the 2014 Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration program. The National Council for Behavioral Health congratulates these states receiving funding as part of the $22.9 million grant announcement. When fully implemented, the Excellence Act will infuse over $1 billion into the behavioral health system, making it the biggest federal investment in mental health and addiction services in generations.

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The CCBHC Monthly Rate Setting Math Problem

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Dale Jarvis

Dale Jarvis and Associates

States that will be participating in the CCBHC program must select either a Daily PPS Rate or a Monthly PPS Rate method that will be used to pay clinics for CCBHC services provided to Medicaid enrollees. Once a state has selected the Daily or Monthly Rate, it needs to set up a Cost Reporting structure that supports calculating customized rates for each CCBHC. The Cost Report allows a clinic to determine their allowable costs.

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National Council Hosts CCBHC Webinar, Releases State Planning Grant Toolkit

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

As you may have heard recently, the implementation of the Excellence in Mental Health Act has begun and the clock is ticking for states to apply for planning grant funds by the August 5 deadline. In a continued effort to support states preparing to apply to become Certified Community Behavioral health Clinics (CCBHCs), the National Council, this week, hosted a CCBHC webinar and released its State Planning Grant Toolkit.

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Congressman Tim Murphy Re-introduces Mental Health Reform Bill

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) have reintroduced their bipartisan legislation enacting comprehensive reforms to the U.S. mental health delivery system. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) was first introduced in 2013; the legislation is the culmination of an ongoing series of hearings Murphy has held as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Committee in the wake of the tragic 2012 Newtown shooting.

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Excellence in Mental Health Act: Why Is It Important to Apply?

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Chuck Ingoglia

, National Council for Behavioral Health

The planning grant is more than just a prerequisite for being selected as one of the demonstration states for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC). It is also an opportunity to engage community stakeholders in assessing ways to identify gaps and opportunities for improving care. We know that by expanding the use of evidence-based practices and coordinating care across health, behavioral health, social and legal systems that we can build healthy minds and strong communities — giving people with mental health and addiction disorders a chance to recover and lead productive lives.

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Bundled Payments, Quality Bonuses: Payment for CCBHCs

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Nina Marshall

, National Council for Behavioral Health

States will choose between two PPS options: either (1) an FQHC-like daily encounter rate or a (2) monthly rate. Both are triggered by actual encounters with clients – so they are distinct from a capitated or case rate – but will incorporate costs incurred by non-encounter activities (such as care management work). They will also require sophistication on the part of the provider with respect to forecasting the volume and type of services to be delivered for specific populations.

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Are You Ready to be a CCBHC? This Readiness Assessment Will Help You Find Out

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

The countdown is on to August 5, 2015: the deadline for states to apply for Excellence in Mental Health Act Planning Grants. As states across the country begin preparing to submit applications, MTM Services and the National Council want to make sure you have everything you need to be ready to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).

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Don’t Miss Upcoming Webinars on Excellence Act Implementation

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

To help with this learning and answer any questions you may have, the National Council as well as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are hosting multiple webinars this month to help participants get ready for the August 5 application deadline. The planning grants afford up to 25 states up to $2 million each to start to put together their certification processes and develop their payment methodologies. Only states that receive planning grant funding will be eligible to be a demonstration state – so don’t miss out!

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It’s a Big Day for Behavioral Health: Excellence Act Implementation Begins

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Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO

For decades, behavioral health and the health care system as a whole have been grappling with the difficult questions of how best to provide care to complex populations living with mental illness or addictions, how to ensure every American in need can access this care, and how to pay for it. For too long, we have failed to provide the federal infrastructure and support needed to sustain a strong behavioral health safety net. With the Excellence Act, that all changes.

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SAMHSA Updates Criteria for CCBHC Certification

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Nina Marshall

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA) gave behavioral health stakeholders a preview to its changes for the certification criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs). The National Council is very encouraged by the changes that we heard discussed during last week’s listening session, and think they go a long way towards making this a meaningful and viable program. Some of the more significant changes we heard discussed include:

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National Council Sponsors Two-Day Health Forum at The Atlantic

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

This week, The Atlantic hosted its seventh annual Health Forum, bringing together physicians, researchers, advocates, legislators, practitioners and health policy thought leaders to examine a wide range of health issues. This two-day event, sponsored in part by the National Council, featured many topics surrounding behavioral health, including: a keynote interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) discussing her Excellence in Mental Health Act, health reform architect Ezekiel Emmanuel and overall trends in behavioral health, and Mental Health First Aid.

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National Council Sends Finalized CCBHC Comments to SAMHSA

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council submitted finalized comments earlier this week to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on draft certification criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). SAMHSA extended the deadline for comments on these criteria for CCBHCs: the comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder providers authorized by legislation based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act. Thank you to all advocates who submitted comments before Wednesday’s deadline.

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SAMHSA Extends Deadline for CCBHC Comments to Feb 18

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

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.

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What are CCBHCs? What does it mean for you? Come Learn at NatCon15!

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

As you may have heard, the Excellence in Mental Health Act became law in 2014. This is the most significant behavioral health law in a generation and this year a key portion of the law will begin to rollout – Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Join us in Orlando for the CCBHC Track at the annual National Council Conference!

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SAMHSA Releases Draft Excellence Act Certification Criteria: Responses Due Monday

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Nina Marshall

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released draft certification criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), the comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder providers authorized by legislation based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The open comment period for the 71 pages of criteria is two weeks, and comments are due this coming Monday, February 16.

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SAMHSA Holds Listening Session on CCBHC Certification Criteria

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Nina Marshall

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Yesterday, SAMHSA held a listening session on certification criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Passed by Congress in March of this year, CCBHCs will provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services while being paid under a prospective payment system that will assure clinics have the financial resources to provide high quality care. Over 1700 people registered to attend the listening session, either in person or virtually, and nearly 150 registered to comment publicly.

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SAMHSA Releases Registration, Comment Details for Excellence Act Listening Session

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Following up on last month’s announcement that it would hold a November 12 listening session on the Excellence in Mental Health Act, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released registration details and additional information for the event.

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SAMHSA to Host Listening Session on Excellence in Mental Health Act

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced it will hold a listening session on the Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration program November 12, 2014. SAMHSA is tasked with writing the federal regulations that will specify how organizations can meet the law’s criteria to become Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs).

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