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’ve heard from those early in their journey asking, “How have others approached this?” The CCBHC Mentorship Program has been designed to promote innovation and collaboration amongst CCBHCs through access to a broad community of peers.
Through the mentorship program, newly established CCBHCs are paired with experienced CCBHCs to support them along the early stages of meeting CCBHC 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.
What are the program dates?
The 2020-2021 Mentorship Program cohort runs through Summer 2021. The application period for this current cohort is now closed. The National Council anticipates renewing the program for a second year in Summer 2021, especially if additional grant funding is announced and awarded over the coming months. 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.
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.
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.
Where can I get more information?
Any other questions? Contact the National Council CCBHC team: CCBHC@TheNationalCouncil.org.