Section 223 Demonstration Program for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) helps states establish certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs).

About Section 223

Section 223 creates and evaluates a two-year demonstration program for states to certify community behavioral health clinics. Certified clinics must meet specific criteria emphasizing high-quality care. In 2015, 24 states received planning grants to help them prepare for the demonstration program. Learn more about Section 223.

How Planning Grant States Apply for the Demonstration Program

Only the 24 states that received planning grants may apply for the two-year demonstration program.

To learn about the key application materials that must be submitted, access the application guidance for states – 2016 (PDF | 2.2 MB). Before applying, review the latest application guidance clarifications and corrections – 2106 (PDF | 89 KB). All planning grant states must apply for the demonstration program by October 31, 2016.

Quality Measures and Webinars

Access technical specifications and templates for collecting and reporting behavioral health quality measures. Learn more in the Behavioral Health Clinic Data Collection and Quality Reporting Webinar Series.

Latest Clarifications

SAMHSA and its federal partners regularly compile questions from states and post their responses so all project directors can benefit. Access the questions and clarifications.

CCBHC Criteria

Access the complete CCBHC certification criteria – 2016 (PDF | 788 KB) to learn about the history and structure of the criteria, key definitions, and the six program requirements.

Certification Guides and Resources

Several guides and resources are available to help states certify clinics and coordinate services:

Care Coordination for CCBHCs

CCBHCs are responsible for care coordination for many services across various providers and facilities. Learn more about care coordination for CCBHCs:

CCBHCs and Cultural Competence

CCBHCs must respond to the cultural, linguistic, and social needs of the people they serve. Learn more about:

Governance and Oversight

Numerous regulations and governing bodies are involved with CCBHC operations and consumer engagement. Learn more about CCBHC governance and oversight. Find additional information on:

Last Updated: 09/02/2016