Webinar: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Criteria Update Kick-Off
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cordially invites the public to participate in a webinar on November 9, 2022, at 4:00 PM ET regarding updates to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Certification Criteria. This webinar will (a) provide a brief overview of history of the CCBHCs, (b) briefly describe key elements of the Certification Criteria and SAMHSA’s process for soliciting input from the field, and (c) discuss how you can provide input.
CCBHCs were established under the Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). Section 223 of PAMA requires the establishment of Medicaid demonstration programs to improve community behavioral health services through the development of CCBHCs. CCBHCs are required to provide a comprehensive array of coordinated services to anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use, regardless of ability to pay, place of residence, or age – including developmentally appropriate care for children. PAMA required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop criteria for states to use when certifying clinics to participate in their demonstration programs. These criteria include six areas: (1) staffing, (2) availability and accessibility of services, (3) care coordination, (4) scope of services, (5) quality and other reporting, and (6) organizational authority.
Since the initial publication of the Criteria seven years ago, a lot has changed, and states and providers now have years of experience with the CCBHC model. SAMHSA is seeking to make minor revisions to the Criteria to respond to new developments and lessons learned, while still maintaining the overarching requirements for program areas and scope of services outlined in the 2014 Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA).
We hope you will be able to join us. Please see the Zoom link below.
- Additional information on CCBHCs is available on SAMHSA’s website at: https://www.samhsa.gov/
- The current certification criteria are available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/
- Updates on this process will be available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/
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