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Community-based Behavioral Health Services Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Behavioral Health Resources web page. This site contains information related to Behavioral Health services available under the Illinois Medicaid program, as well as information regarding Behavioral Health programs for children and youth in the state of Illinois.

Community Based Behavioral Health Services Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ document is intended to provide guidance and clarification to Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), Behavioral Health Clinics (BHCs), and Independent Practitioners (IPs) delivering community-based behavioral health services as outlined in the CBS Provider Handbook.  Updates to the FAQ will be posted to the HFS website.

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Violence Prevention Community Support Team

Violence Prevention Community Support Team (VP-CST) is a new service added to the Community-based Behavioral Health Services array effective May 1, 2022. VP-CST is intended to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and increase community functioning for individuals who have experienced chronic exposure to firearm violence using evidence-informed, trauma-specific interventions and techniques.








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