Congratulations to our client Community Council Health Systems in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania was selected as one of the eight states to participate in the Certified Community Behavior Health Center (CCBHC) progam with HHS. After we successfully applied for the program, Community Council became one of only a handful of clinics in PA, and now in the country to meet the CCBHC requirements and become one of the only Certified Community Behavior Health Center's in the US.
This is a two year pilot program before it rolls out nationwide.
Jim Nixon, the CEO and his whole team were great to work with on this project and it is very exciting to be selected. Great job!
HHS selects eight states for new demonstration program to improve access to high quality behavioral health services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders.
“These states and their community clinics have done an incredible job in paving the way for the demonstration program,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Kana Enomoto. “We look forward to demonstrating that by balancing incentives and accountability, an enhanced level of accessible, comprehensive, and quality care can be provided to all Americans.”
The eight states HHS selected for this demonstration program include Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. States have until July 1, 2017 to begin their two-year demonstration programs.
“The demonstration program will improve access to behavioral health services for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, and will help individuals with mental and substance use disorders obtain the health care they need to maintain their health and well-being,” said Vikki Wachino, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Director of the Center for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Services.
In 2015, HHS awarded planning grants to 24 states to support certification of 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. At the end of the planning grant year, 19 States submitted applications to participate in the demonstration program. The applications were reviewed by subject matter experts from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, CMS, and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation for strengths and weaknesses. A key consideration in their selection was that participating states represented a diverse selection of geographic areas, including rural and underserved areas.
Under the program, selected states will be reimbursed through Medicaid for behavioral health treatment, services, and supports to Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries using an approved prospective payment system. To qualify for certification, CCBHCs provide core services across the lifespan, utilize evidence-based practices and health information technology, report on quality measures, and coordinate care with primary care providers and hospitals in the community. Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders. The demonstration program reflects a broader Administration-wide strategy to create a health care system that results in better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
The selected states’ demonstration programs will be evaluated based on data from 21 quality measures collected through sources such as program records, Medicaid claims, managed care encounter data, and clinic cost reports. Qualitative data also will be obtained from interviews with state officials and clinic staff. HHS will report on the access, quality and financial performance of the demonstration programs annually beginning December 2017, using data from the evaluation.
Authorized under Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, this demonstration program is a combined effort by several HHS agencies including SAMHSA, CMS, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation.
For more information on the Section 223 Demonstration Program for
CCBHCs visit: http://www.samhsa.gov/section-223
Department of Health and Human Services awards over $50 Million for new health center sitesToday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia.
“We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients, ” said Dr. Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary at HHS. “These new health center sites will contribute significantly to the health of families and communities across the nation.”
Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. Health centers also often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services.
“For millions of Americans, including some of the most vulnerable individuals and families, health centers are the essential medical home where they find services that promote health and diagnose and treat disease and disability,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “One in 13 people nationwide rely on a HRSA-funded health center for their preventive and primary health care needs.”
Nearly 1,400 health centers operating over 9,800 sites provide care to more than 24 million people across the nation, in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Today, health centers employ nearly 190,000 people.
For more information on these awards, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/newaccesspoints/fy2017awards/index.html
Congratulations to CEO Laurie Asbury and the entire team at the Northeast Florida Health Services in Pierson, FL for being awarded an New Access Point grant for FY 2017. Great job!
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Congratulations to our client the Great Salt Plains Health Center in Cherokee, Oklahoma for being awarded a New Access Point grant. FQHCmd is very happy for the CEO, Tim Starkey and the entire Great Salt Plains staff.
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