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CCBHC SAMHSA and CMS Resource Library

SAMHSA and CMS have issued numerous pieces of guidance on implementation of the CCBHC demonstration. This page complies frequently-requested resources from the federal agencies.  This page is continually being updated as more resources become available, so check back frequently.

Most Requested Documents

Guidance Specific to CCBHC Criteria and Certification

  • SAMHSA CCBHC Certification Guidance – Guidance from SAMHSA on Section 223:  CCBHC Criteria
  • Criteria-related FAQs from SAMHSA – See questions and answers beginning on page 2
  • Additional technical assistance clarifications from SAMHSA: Visit this page of SAMHSA’s website for the latest clarifications issued by the agency.
    • May 1-31, 2016 – Covers guidance on compliance with the “non-four walls” opportunity available to CCBHCs, Guidance on mandatory services provided by CCBHCs, and more
    • March 22, 2016 – April 30, 2016 – Provides clarification on catchment areas, the four withdrawal management services CCBHCs are required to provide, and more
    • March 21, 2016 – Covers questions and answers relating to establishing a PPS rate, Health Home Services relationship to CCBHCs, and more
    • January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 – Covers questions and answers relating to CCBHC and DCO relationships and more
    • December 10, 2015 – Covers preliminary guidance and clarification on staffing, the definition of Rural, and more
    • Addressing Governing Board Requirements – This link to the SAMHSA website provides guidance about developing a governing board to help CCBHCs meet the requirement of ensuring consumer participation.
    • CCBHCs and Cultural Competence – This link to the SAMHSA website defines cultural and linguistic competence, summarizes the competency requirements for CCBHCs, and provides links to learn more about ensuring culturally competent services for individuals with limited English proficiency as well as members of the military and veterans.
    • SAMHSA State Certification Guide – This document provides technical assistance to states and includes a series of questions, arranged by Criteria Program Requirements, so that states systematically address key issues as they assess the qualification of prospective CCBHCs.
    • Conducting a Needs Assessment – This link to the SAMHSA website provides a summary of the needs assessment requirements and outlines the key steps states should take to comply.

Guidance specific to PPS and cost reporting

SAMSHA guidance on care coordination and designated collaborating organizations

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