What is the CCBHC Mentorship Program?
As the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model is increasingly adopted across the country, it is critical to elevate the best practices and lessons learned of experienced CCBHCs. Time and again, we hear from those early in their journey asking, “How have others approached this?” The CCBHC Mentorship Program is designed to promote innovation and collaboration amongst CCBHCs through access to a broad community of peers.
The National Council is deeply invested in the success of all CCBHCs and invites you to join us in our efforts to ensure the sustainability of the model as a mentor to a new CCBHC.
Through the mentorship program, newly established CCBHCs are paired with experienced CCBHCs to support them along the early stages of meeting CCBHCs criteria and navigating transformational organizational change. In addition, all participants are connected to a community of peer CCBHCs where they can seek guidance and insights.
The CCBHC Mentorship Program is an annual program designed to:
- Foster peer-to-peer sharing and relationships amongst CCBHCs.
- Establish a mechanism for CCBHCs to exchange ideas and crowdsource solutions.
- Elevate the best practices and lessons learned from established CCBHCs.
Who can apply?
You are eligible to apply as a mentee if:
- You are a first-time CCBHC expansion grantee (awarded in May 2020).
You are eligible to apply as a mentor if:
- You are a current CCBHC demonstration site or expansion grantee and have operated as a CCBHC since at least 2019.
What are the benefits of participating?
The greatest benefit of the CCBHC Mentorship Program is the community. Peer CCBHCs offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise to tap into as you undergo your journey as a CCBHC. The mentorship program promotes community engagement through paired mentor teams for one-to-one connection, quarterly program convenings and a virtual platform for peer-sharing and crowdsourcing solutions for your questions along the way.
- Mentorship from experienced CCBHCs. Mentees will be paired with experienced CCBHCs that will engage with them in mentorship sessions to offer insights, share their experiences and help them navigate the realities of becoming a CCBHC.
- One free NatCon21 registration per mentor organization.
- One free one-hour consultation for mentor organizations with one of our staff consultants on a selected array of topics.
- Public recognition via a web “badge” that mentors can display on their website indicating they are recognized by the National Council as a “CCBHC Mentor.”
What are the program commitments?
Program participants commit to the following:
- Collaborative partnership with your matched mentor/mentee. Mentor teams are allowed flexibilities in frequency, type and approach to engaging with each other, but commit to meeting for at least an hour every other month.
- Being organized and prepared around areas of needed support. Mentees should coordinate with their project teams to identify specific topics of focus prior to connecting with mentors and commit to structured, maximized time together.
- Attendance at quarterly virtual events with all program participants designed to cultivate peer sharing on best practices and lessons learned.
- Seeking and sharing knowledge with their CCBHC peers through virtual platforms.
What is the program timeline?
The FY20-21 program will run for a year, starting in August 2020. Keep an eye out for next year’s application period in Spring 2021 and feel free to contact us in the interim if you are looking for any support or guidance.
Any other questions? Contact the National Council CCBHC team: CCBHC@TheNationalCouncil.org.