The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released grants to 134 clinics enabling them to implement comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment by becoming Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The grants are funded from the $4.5 billion allocated to SAMHSA as part of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief package passed in December 2020. CCBHCs provide comprehensive evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment and services, including 24/7 crisis care. To date, SAMHSA has awarded $685,755,492 in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC-COVID) Expansion Grants.
With these additional clinics, there are now 340 CCBHCs. Chuck Ingoglia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Behavioral Health noted that with the new CCBHCs, people in 40 states, plus D.C. and Guam, will be able to access a CCBHC.
On December 29, 2020, SAMHSA opened applications for 74 CCBHC Expansion Grants. Applications are due by March 1, 2021. Eligibility is limited to CCBHCs or community-based behavioral health clinics who may not yet be certified but meet the certification criteria and can be certified within four months of award.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 74 awards of up to $2 million per year for up to 2 years. The CCBHC Expansion grant program must provide access to services that include 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or addiction disorder, including opioid use disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring mental and substance disorders (COD).
More information about the recently awarded grants is posted at https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/covid19-programs-funded-samhsa-fy21.pdf (accessed February 7, 2021).
The application for the CCBHC Expansion Grants is posted at https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-21-013 (accessed February 7, 2021).
This was reported by The National Council for Behavioral Health on February 4, 2021.
Contact information: Sophia Majlessi, Assistant Vice President, Public Relations, The National Council for Behavioral Health, 1400 K Street Northwest, #400, Washington, District of Columbia 20005; 202-621-1631; Email: SophiaM@TheNationalCouncil.org; Website: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/
Contact information: Mary Blake, Program Issues Contact Point for CCBHC Expansion Grant, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857; 240-276-1747; Email: Mary.firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-21-013