U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants
The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants (CCBHC Expansion Grants) program seeks to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services through the expansion of CCBHCs. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered services and are available in the 24 states that participated in the FY 2016 Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. The CCBHC Expansion grant program must provide access to services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring disorders (COD). The program is expected to improve the behavioral health of individuals across the nation by providing comprehensive community-based mental and substance use disorder services; treating co-occurring disorders; advancing the integration of behavioral health with physical health care; assimilating and utilizing evidence-based practices on a more consistent basis; and promoting improved access to high quality care.
CCBHCs provide a comprehensive collection of services that create access, stabilize people in crisis, and provide the needed treatment and recovery support services for those with the most serious and complex mental and substance use disorders. CCBHCs integrate additional services to ensure an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration. CCBHCs provide services to any individual, regardless of their ability to pay or their place of residence.
The 21st Century Cures Act established the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC). In December 2017, the ISMICC issued a report to Congress that outlined five major areas of focus and recommendations intended to support a mental health system that successfully addresses the needs of all individuals with SMI or SED and their families and caregivers. Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants align with the following recommendations:
- 2.1. Establish standardized assessments for level of care and monitoring of consumer progress
- 2.7. Use telehealth and other technologies to increase access to care
- 2.8. Maximize the capacity of the behavioral health workforce
- 3.1. Provide a comprehensive continuum of care for people with SMI and SED
- 3.9. Make integrated services readily available to people with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders
- 3.10. Develop national and state capacity to disseminate and support implementation of the national standards for a comprehensive continuum of effective care for people with SMI and SED
- 5.2. Adequately fund the full range of services needed by people with SMI and SED
- 5.8. Expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program
Amount: A total of $47,951,359 is available to make up to 25 awards that range up to $2,000,000 annually. The project period is for up to two years.
Eligibility: Limited to certified community behavioral health clinics or community-based behavioral health clinics who may not yet be certified but meet the certification criteria and can be certified within 4 months of award in the following states: AK, CA, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, and VA.
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