FQHCmd Consulting prepared and submitted on behalf of Community Council Mental Health and Retardation in Philadelphia an application to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic. Our application was one of 16 throughout the state (out of approximately 80 submitted). Congratulations Community Council. Here is the full press release:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced the selection of 16 locations to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grant. The federal grant encourages states to adopt innovative approaches to community-based behavioral health services.
“We are continually striving to serve more Pennsylvanians in the community and to ensure each member of the commonwealth has access to high-quality care. This critical initiative brings us one step closer to achieving both of those goals,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Each of the selected clinics possesses the skills necessary to make the significant changes we’re working towards in transforming behavioral health services across Pennsylvania.”
This initiative will further the Wolf Administration’s goal of improving the delivery of care for behavioral health and substance use treatment in the community where people live, providing Pennsylvanians with easier and more consistent access to the services they need. In an effort to provide CCBHC access to all affected Pennsylvanians, the 16 locations are comprised of both rural and urban locations throughout the state.
Each application submitted included a completion of a cost report, letters of support from the Single County Authority and Mental Health Administrator, and a certified clinic readiness tool. The selection committee reviewed the applications submitted, how well agencies met federally established criteria, and received input from each county in which the clinics currently operate.
“DHS has focused on coordination of care, and we believe that the CCBHCs are a vital component to ensuring Pennsylvania has the highest-performing behavioral health and substance use treatments available,” said Dallas.
The CCBHC grant has two phases. Pennsylvania was one of 24 states who received the Phase I planning grant. The selected locations will continue working with the commonwealth as DHS prepares to apply to participate in a two-year demonstration program that will begin January 2017.
The federal Excellence in Mental Health Act established the CCBHCs as a way to improve quality and use evidenced-based practices in behavioral health.
The CCBHCs will provide nine core services:
For more information on the Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, visit www.samhsa.gov/grants.
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