What is a CCBHC?

CCBHC stands for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic and describes a model of care that enables clinics to serve more people and expand access to the best treatments for individuals with mental health and substance use challenges. The federal government established the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model to frame the foundation for agencies to improve health outcomes through increased access to quality behavioral health care while integrating mental health, substance use, and physical health services (https://behavioralhealthnews.org/providing-care-afterhours-the-bestself-way/).  In fact, as an integrated and sustainably financed model of care, the CCBHC model is one of the most effective strategies to expanding access to mental health and substance use treatment services. Today, 340 CCBHCs are operating in 40 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Guam. A growing number of states are moving to implement the model – similar to other value-based or alternative payment models – independently via a state plan amendment or Medicaid waiver (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Success Center (thenationalcouncil.org)

Who Can and Cannot Be a CCBHC?

Organizations can become CCBHC’s as long as its components satisfy the criteria outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services. To see if your organization qualifies, read more here.

The Connection to Tobacco Cessation:

CCBHCs are expanding access to mental health and substance use services, including tobacco cessation services like Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) and cessation counseling. Behavioral Health Organizations can learn how to become a CCBHC and how to integrate tobacco cessation services into their existing treatment models. Check out the resources below for guidance on achieving these goals.

News, Research and Reports:

General Tools and Resources for Integrating Tobacco Cessation Services:

Models & Best Practices – Tobacco Cessation in Behavioral Health Settings:

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