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Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

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Short Title: CCBHCs Planning Grants
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Please note: these grants will be awarded using FY 2016 funds.

NOFO Number: SM-16-001

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Application Due Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.829

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (Short Title:  CCBHCs Planning Grants).   The purpose of this program is to support states to certify clinics as certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs), establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program. Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders.

On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) was enacted.  The law included “Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services at Section 223 of the Act.  The program requires:  (1) the establishment and publication of criteria for clinics to be certified by a state as a certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) to participate in a demonstration program; (2) the issuance of guidance on the development of a Prospective Payment System (PPS) for testing during the demonstration program; and (3) the awarding of planning grants for the purpose of developing proposals to participate in a time-limited demonstration program.  The overall goal is to evaluate demonstration programs in up to eight states that will establish CCBHCs according to specified criteria that will make them eligible for enhanced Medicaid funding through the PPS.

SAMHSA is working collaboratively with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid & Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to implement Section 223.  SAMHSA developed the certification criteria found in the RFA in Appendix II - Criteria for the Demonstration Program to Improve Community Mental Health Centers and to Establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.  CMS prepared guidance to states to establish a prospective payment system, found in the RFA in Appendix III - Section 223 Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services Prospective Payment System (PPS) Guidance.  ASPE will direct the national evaluation of the demonstration program. 

The awarding of CCBHCs Planning Grants is the first phase of a two-phase process.  Phase I provides funds for one year to states to certify community behavioral health clinics, establish a PPS for Medicaid reimbursable behavioral health services provided by the certified clinics, and prepare an application to participate in a two-year demonstration program.  CCBHC Planning Grantees must use the criteria found in Appendix II of the RFA to certify clinics in their states and follow the guidance found in Appendix III of the RFA to establish PPS. 

Up to eight states that participated in the CCBHC Planning Grants will be selected to participate in Phase II, the demonstration program. The eight selected states will bill Medicaid under an established PPS approved by CMS for behavioral health services provided to individuals eligible for medical assistance under the state Medicaid program.

Planning Grants for CCBHCs are authorized under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, Section 223(c)(1). 

This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA and is in support of SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.


The statutory authority limits eligibility to states including the District of Columbia [1] (hereafter referred to as states). Eligible applicants are either the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) or the Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Services (SSA) or the State Medicaid Agency (SMAs). If the SMHA and the SSA or the SMHA, SSA, and the SMA are one entity, applicants must include a statement to that effect in Attachment 1.

However, SAMHSA expects state’s SMHAs, SSAs, and SMAs to collaborate and certify clinics as CCBHCs, establish a prospective payment system, and submit a proposal to participate in the demonstration program during the planning grant period.  To demonstrate this collaboration, the applicant must include a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the applicant agency and the two partnering agencies describing roles and responsibilities and committing to collaborate for this planning grant and demonstration program in Attachment 1.  Only one application per state can be submitted.

[1] (e) Definitions.(4) STATE.—The term ‘‘State’’ has the meaning given such term for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.).   42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq, page 3307 defines the term ‘‘State’’ to mean 1 of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $24,635,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 25

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2,000,000

Length of Project: 1 year

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $2,000,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) of the proposed project.  Funding estimates for this announcement will be based on the number of applications received.  Applicants should be aware that the size of the award may vary depending on the number of applications SAMHSA receives.   

The up to eight states that are selected to participate in the demonstration program may request a no-cost extension beyond the project period to finalize planning activities to assist with the transition to the time-limited demonstration phase.

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