by Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
May 3rd, 2016
On October 19, 2015, there was an exciting announcement for the mental health profession. We've known that the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) were coming and now in a major step, $22.9 million in planning grants has become available. This funding is necessary to move this two-year demonstration project forward. Now states will have assistance as they begin to certify community behavioral health clinics, solicit input from stakeholders, establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in the demonstration program.
Once the planning grant stage ends in October 2016, those who have been awarded grants will be able to participate in this demonstration program which is slated to begin in January of 2017. The official HHS announcement includes the names of awardees and grant amounts.
This demonstration project could lead the way to better integration of behavioral health services and thus better patient outcomes.