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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are designed to ensure access to coordinated comprehensive behavioral health care. CCBHCs are required to serve anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use, regardless of their ability to pay, place of residence, or age. This includes developmentally appropriate care for children and youth.

CCBHCs must meet standards for the range of services they provide and are required to get people into care quickly. The CCBHC model requires:

  • Crisis services to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Comprehensive behavioral health services to be available so people who need care don't have to piece together the behavioral health support they need across multiple providers.
  • Care coordination to be provided to help people navigate behavioral health care, physical health care, social services, and the other systems they are involved in.

CCBHCs can be supported through the Section 223 CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration, through SAMHSA administered CCBHC Expansion (CCBHC-E) Grants, or through independent state programs separate from the Section 223 CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration. The CCBHC initiative is operated through an HHS partnership across SAMHSA, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

What is a CCBHC?

Watch this video to learn more about CCBHCs.

The 9 Required CCBHC Services

The 9 Required CCBHC Services

Directly or through formal partnership, CCBHCs provide:

  1. Crisis Services
  2. Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Use Services
  3. Person- and Family-Centered Treatment Planning
  4. Community-Based Mental Health Care for Veterans
  5. Peer Family Support and Counselor Services
  6. Targeted Care Management
  7. Outpatient Primary Care Screening and Monitoring
  8. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  9. Screening, Diagnosis and Risk Assessment
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Last Updated: 04/24/2023
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