New Funds for States to Tackle Mental Health Crisis


New Funds for States to Tackle Mental Health Crisis

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Millions of Dollars in New Funds for States to Tackle Mental Health Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced a new funding opportunity, authorized by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), for states to develop and transform Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to address the country’s mental health crisis. CCBHCs provide crisis services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serve anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use, regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to the nearly $300 million awarded in September for new and existing CCBHCs, $15 million in additional funding is now being announced for CCBHC planning. This additional round of planning grants will expand access to planning grants for CCBHCs to all 50 states.

Cooperative Agreements for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Planning Grants

Application Due Date: Monday, December 19, 2022

The purpose of CCBHC Planning Grants is to support states to develop and implement certification systems for CCBHCs, establish Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in a four-year CCBHC Demonstration program. SAMHSA expects that the program will meaningfully involve consumers, youth, family members, and communities in the development, implementation, and ongoing monitoring of the state’s planning efforts to develop CCBHCs and prepare to apply for the CCBHC Demonstration. With the planning grants, SAMHSA aims to further expand opportunities for states to improve access to and delivery of coordinated, comprehensive behavioral health care through Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.

SAMHSA plans to issue 15 awards of up to $1,000,000 per year for 1 year.

Assistant Secretary Miriam Delphin-Rittmon Travels to Puerto Rico to Discuss Behavioral Healthcare

Assistant Secretary Miriam Delphin-Rittmon traveled to Puerto Rico last week to discuss efforts to improve mental health and substance use care for the people of this U.S. territory. She visited the Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción (ASSMCA), and ASSMCA’s Línea PAS, which serves as Puerto Rico’s 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline call center, to discuss plans for the center to become a national Spanish network center for the 988 Lifeline. Starting in November, Línea PAS will respond to calls from across the U.S. requesting help in Spanish.

Training & Events

Training and events are available for practitioners through SAMHSA’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Visit SAMHSA’s Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

SAMHSA Headlines offers you a biweekly update of selected upcoming trainings and webinars. However, for a broader range of activities, visit this website, as well as the training sections of individual technical assistance center websites.

Selected events are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration.

Note: If you are unable to access an event or webinar or have questions, please contact the source given at the individual event URL.

Treating Youth with Early Psychosis and Trauma-Related Disorders—Webinar

Friday, October 21, 2022 11:30 AM ET

This webinar will review treatment approaches and clinical guidelines for clients experiencing comorbid psychosis and trauma-related disorders. Resources will be shared after the event.

FAME Session #1: Opioid Prevention & Harm Reduction—Webinar

Monday, October 24, 2022 5:00 PM ET

The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) 8-session series is a facilitated, in-depth discussion of real patient cases provided by participants with the opportunity to receive mentoring and feedback from multi-disciplinary addiction expert faculty. The series is designed for members of the healthcare team who are new to treating patients with addiction so they can gain additional insights, knowledge, and confidence.

Reframing Native Mental Health—Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM ET

This webinar is part of the Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance, a Tribal Behavioral Health ECHO webinar series. This no-cost telehealth series will be held throughout 2022 on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM ET. Tribal health directors, clinic staff, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, Tribal Epidemiology Center staff, and anyone supporting Tribal communities through the health or behavioral health sector are welcome to join.

Addiction 101—Webinar

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 11:00 AM ET

This training will provide the foundational knowledge regarding the disease of addiction and an introduction into treatment options utilizing medications for opioid use disorder.

Stigma, Self-Stigma, and Identity in Severe Mental Illness: Negative Consequences and Ways to Counter—Webinar

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Public mental health stigma is pervasive and has many negative impacts. One consequence is that it can lead to self-stigma among mental health service users, including people with severe mental illness. This webinar will discuss how self-stigma can impact identity development of service users and will share ways that mental health staff can help combat mental health stigma.

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy—Clinical Roundtable

Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal “round table” conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Suicide And Substance Use in Latino Communities: Culturally Grounded Approaches for Prevention and Treatment—2-part Webinar

Thursday, October 27, 2022 1:00 PM ET

This 2-part virtual training series is intended for mental health professionals and providers who are dedicated to delivering services to diverse Hispanic and Latino populations. It discusses suicidal behaviors and substance use, demographics of the Hispanic populations, risks, assessment, prevention, intervention, recovery, as well as school-related considerations. Part 2 takes place on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

Prevention Professionals: Planning Your Professional Development Journey—Webinar

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 1:00 PM ET

This two-part virtual learning event will look at professional development and certification as key steps for how prevention staff can personally build their skills and a career while remaining up-to-date in the evolving field of substance prevention. We will also identify resources to support individuals with preparation for certification and developing a professional development career plan.

The Effectiveness and Utility of Telebehavioral (Telehealth) Services—Webinar

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 2:00 PM ET

The uptake in the use of telebehavioral services since the start of the Public Health Emergency has been swift and is significantly transforming how behavioral health services are delivered. This webinar will include a brief review of: telebehavioral health research and its efficacy; strategies that promote skill development; how to create a virtual presence; resources related to guidelines and tips; and comments regarding hybrid service delivery.

Emerging Topics in Prevention Science Media Series: Safer Homes, Safer Communities: Firearms, Safety, and Culture—Webinar

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 3:30 PM ET

This presentation will highlight existing coalition efforts that promote safety by reducing easy access to firearms and medications. The Safer Homes, Suicide Aware program educates the public on the potential deadliness of easy access to firearms and medications if available during a time of crisis.

Updates to the DSM-5-TR—Webinar

Thursday, November 3, 2022 9:00 AM ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the changes from the DSM-5 to the DSM-5-TR. The new diagnosis that was added will be reviewed, and well as the new language and changes throughout sections. At the end of the webinar, participants will have an opportunity for questions and answers.


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