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MDHHS Awarded Grant to Develop Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Tuesday, October 20, 2015  
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), awarded a total of $22.9 million to support states throughout the nation in their efforts to improve behavioral health of their citizens by providing community-based mental and substance use disorder treatment.

Twenty four states were awarded funding - Michigan was awarded $982,373 million.

“The planning grants will help states strengthen payment for 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 CMS, and director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

“Building community-based systems of care is vital to supporting residents with behavioral health needs,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “This grant is an important first step in developing a more comprehensive way of delivering services throughout our state to best serve our residents.”

As one of 24 states awarded planning grant funding, Michigan will develop criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCHBCs) in the state, establish a prospective payment system, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program. After MDHHS submits the Phase II application for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) demonstration funding, SAMHSA will then award demonstration grants to eight states who will be allowed to pilot their CCBHCs over two years.

To be considered a CCBHC, an organization will serve adults with serious mental illnesses, children with serious emotional disturbances, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders. These organizations will need to provide a variety of services and supports including crisis mental health services; screening, assessment, and diagnosis; patient-centered treatment planning; outpatient mental health and substance use services; primary care screening and monitoring; targeted case management; psychiatric rehabilitation services; peer support and counselor services and family supports; and intensive, community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans.

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Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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