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.
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 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.
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