We are a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
In April 2017, we became a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Since becoming a CCBHC, we have added 13 new positions to support our increased access to services. We now employ 70 staff with a $5.6 million budget and return 70% of that budget back into the local economy between salaries, benefits, goods and services. Without CCBHC funding, we would not have had the infrastructure to support the increased need for services.
What is a Certified Community Behavior Health Clinic?
Certified Community Behavior Health Clinics were created through Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), which established a demonstration program based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The Excellence in Mental Health Act or the Section 223 demonstration program is a two year, 8 state initiative to expand Americans access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings.
The Excellence Act established a federal definition and criteria for CCBHCs and stipulated that CCBHCs may receive an enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rate based on their anticipated costs of care. CCBHCs are responsible for directly providing (or contracting with partner organizations to provide) nine required types of services, with an emphasis on the provision of 24 hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination, and integration with physical health care. Ultimately, the demonstration program is expected to infuse more than $1.1 billion into community-based services, making it the largest investment in mental health and addiction care in generations.
As the two-year demonstration comes to a close, we are working with our national representatives to ensure they understand the impact this has had on our community and support the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Expansion Act.