The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased demand and support for behavioral healthcare services on a national level, including Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CCBHCs provide 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring mental and substance disorders (COD), and comprehensive 24/7 access to community-based mental and substance use disorder services; treatment of co-occurring disorders; and physical healthcare in one single location.
2021 CCBHC Expansion Grant Opportunities
Achieving certification and operating as a CCBHC requires complex clinical and administrative preparation across an agency’s operations. New FY 2021 grant opportunities from SAMHSA offer agencies who can meet the certification requirements the opportunity to expand services.
SAMHSA’s CCBHC expansion grants for 2021 offer up to $2 million in award funding per year for two years, totaling up to $149 million in funding for 74 organizations to serve more people with expanded care.
Eligibility is limited to certified community behavioral health clinics or community-based behavioral health clinics that may not yet be certified but meet the certification criteria and can be certified within four months of award. Agencies that received funding under 2020 grants (SM-20-012) are ineligible for the new batch in 2021. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2021.
Additional Resources for CCBHC Certification and Operation
Making the transition to becoming a CCBHC can be equal parts exciting and challenging. The right resources can straighten the path. For more information on the process, the technology needed, and customizable workflows to support the CCBHC mission, please see:
- Becoming a CCBHC Part 1: What I Wish I Had Known From A Clinical Perpective
- Becoming a CCBHC Part 2: What I Wish I Had Known From A Financial Perspective
- Becoming a CCBHC Part 3: What I Wish I Had Known From An Executive Perspective
- Evaluate Your Tech Readiness To Thrive In a CCBHC Model
Qualifacts + Credible offers EHR solutions that support CCBHCs. If you have questions about the certification process or would like to learn more about how our technology solutions support CCBHCs, you can learn more here.