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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Initiative

Welcome to the CCBHC Initiative web page. This site contains information related to the HFS application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 CCBHC Planning Grant and Demonstration.  

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The 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) authorizes the CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration to be expanded to include additional states. Beginning July 1, 2024, and every two years thereafter, 10 additional states will be eligible to participate in the Demonstration. Each selected state's demonstration period will be four years. Furthermore, additional planning grants will be available to all states that have not already been selected for the Demonstration. States wanting to participate in the Demonstration must first apply for the planning grant. 

CCBHCs are an innovative way to expand access to community-based care by providing a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use services designed to ensure access to high quality, integrated, evidence-based care. Core services the CCBHC must provide themselves or through a designating collaborative organization (DCO) include:

1.       Crisis mental health services, including 24-hour mobile crisis teams, emergency crisis intervention services, and crisis stabilization.

2.       Screening, assessment, and diagnosis, including risk assessment.

3.       Patient-centered treatment planning or similar processes, including risk assessment and crisis planning.

4.       Outpatient mental health and substance use services.

5.       Outpatient clinic primary care screening and monitoring of key health indicators and health risk.

6.       Targeted case management.

7.       Psychiatric rehabilitation services.

8.       Peer support and counselor services and family supports.

9.       Intensive, community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans, particularly those members and veterans located in rural areas.

HFS Steps to Prepare for the CCBHC Planning Grant and Demonstration

The SAMHSA Planning Grant Application is expected to be released in October 2022. In preparation for Illinois' application, HFS will partner with the Illinois Department of Human Services (HFS) to develop the required planning approach which includes addressing evidence based practices, the provider certification process, the rate setting methodology, collection and reporting of performance measures, and data quality. HFS will also seek provider and other stakeholder input on the CCBHC approach through surveys and stakeholder forums. 

If approved for the planning grant, during the 12-month planning process, HFS will hold additional stakeholder forums and will work closely with providers to identify entities to participate as CCBHCs in the Medicaid Demonstration.



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