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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are poised to revolutionize behavioral health care and strengthen services for those who most need them. CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid— organizations defined not just by the comprehensive array of services they provide.

Are you ready for what’s ahead? As you prepare to meet CCBHC requirements (as defined by your state) in the areas of finance, service delivery and partner collaboration our CCBHC consultants can customize services to help you prepare. See below for some of the services and trainings we offer as well as a list of our consultants.

Case to Care

As health care reform advances and health homes become the norm, behavioral health case managers are in demand — and required to expand their capacity in health care navigation, build on existing skills in health behavior change and gain a better understanding of the common health problems and basic interventions for individuals with serious mental illness and those with chronic health problems. The National Council’s Case Management to Care Management training is a key strategy to positioning your organization in the changing health care landscape. The CCBHC demonstration imposes new care coordination requirements and holds CCBHCs accountable for health outcomes in a way that requires new activities and practices among your staff tasked with coordination activities – a shift in thinking from case management to care management.

Mastering Supervision

Great supervisors are an organization’s best protection against demoralized and unproductive staff and devastating turnover. The National Council’s one-day training builds strong supervisors who, in turn, nurture lasting success and job satisfaction among everyday staff. As CCBHCs take hold, now is the time for quality integrated care to become the standard across communities. By strengthening and empowering your supervisory staff, your organization can feel confident in its new role as a CCBHC and a behavioral health leader.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach to helping people living with mental illness, addictions and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — Engaging, Focusing, Evoking and Planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change. As a health care provider, you can use these tools to create conversations that empower the people you treat to make meaningful changes. Many states are requiring CCBHCs to offer motivational interviewing as one of the core evidence-based practices they must provide.

Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health challenges. Unfortunately, it is too often shrouded in secrecy and its impact is often ignored and misunderstood. National Council experts can help entities, spanning community behavioral health organizations, government systems, schools, primary care clinics, social services and law enforcement, develop and operationalize plans for becoming trauma-informed. Trauma isn’t a box to check to meet CCBHC requirements: it’s a foundation for all the work a CCBHC does.

Whole Health Action Management

Given the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity among people with mental illnesses and addictions, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training is a health plan developed by peers for peers to help them improve chronic health and behavioral health conditions. The training is based on the curriculum developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions to promote whole health self-management and strengthen the peer workforce’s role in integrated health care delivery. Peer services are a required component of CCBHC workforce, and WHAM can help strengthen your peer workforce to be increasingly effective.


Quality/data reporting

DCOs, contracts, and formal agreements

Cost Reporting

Expanding clinical services

Organization and change management

External Buy-In and Relationship Management

Contact Mohini Venkatesh at for consulting services.

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Resources from the National Council

Podcast: BH365

  • Feb. 26, 2016 – What is the Excellence Act, and Why Is It A Game-Changer?
    Chuck Ingoglia & Jeanne Supin explain the rationale behind the Excellence in Mental Health Act, the creation of CCBHCs, and the opportunities that participation in the demonstration offers providers and communities.

Readiness Assessment

Integrated CCBHC Certification Criteria Feasibility and Readiness Tool


Emerging Compliance Hotspots for CCBHCs Pt. 3: Care Coordination and Arrangements with Designated Collaborating Organizations

Emerging Compliance Hotspots for CCBHCs Pt. 2: Billing Medicaid

Emerging Compliance Hotspots for CCBHCs Pt. 1: Establishing a Base Year Rate

Becoming a CCBHC: Where Do You Stand?

Follow the Money: Investing in the Success of Your CCBHC with Cost Reporting

Cultural and Linguistic Competence for CCBHCs: Approaches to Meeting New Requirements

Assessing Staffing, Programming, and Cultural and Linguistic Competency Needs for Community Behavioral Health Organizations

Hot Topics in CCBHC Implementation: Cost Reporting, Clinic Licensure, State Financing and More

Applying for the CCBHC Demonstration Program: Application Overview and Strategies for Success

Fact Sheets

National Conference 2016 Resources

CCBHCs 101

Getting Paid as a CCBHC: Cost Reporting Principles

Role of CCBHCs in Chronic Illness

CCBHC Quality Reporting Workshop

CCBHC Cost Report

CCBHC Masters Class: Back Office Management

CCBHC Certification Criteria Feasibility and Readiness Tool

Becoming Best Friends: CCBHCs and Designated Collaborating Organizations



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 Rual, 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