Pennsylvania Awarded Innovative Behavioral Health Grant
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas recently announced that Pennsylvania was awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Pennsylvania is one of eight states selected out of 24 applicants to receive the grant. The federal grant encourages states to adopt innovative approaches in the delivery of community-based behavioral health services. According to SAMHSA, the demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high-quality care for people with mental health and substance use disorders.
DHS was previously awarded an $886K planning grant used to certify CCHBCs, solicit input from stakeholders, and establish prospective payment systems for demonstration reimbursable services. As a result of that work, the department selected 10 CCBHC locations, including NHS Delaware County, set to implement in July 2017.
These CCBHCs will:
- enhance access to behavioral health services for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries,
- help individuals with mental health and substance use disorders obtain the health care they need to maintain their health and well-being,
- allow individuals to have access to a wide array of services at one location, and
- remove the barriers that too often exist across physical and behavioral health systems.