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Approaching 60th Anniversary of Community Mental Health Act of 1963, the Biden-Harris Administration Awards Nearly $130 Million to Expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Across US

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Signed by President John F. Kennedy on Oct. 31, 1963, the law established community mental health centers and research facilities across the United States

Note to editors and reporters: Explainer video “What is a CCBHC? (50 seconds) ” is available for download and use in reporting, courtesy of SAMHSA.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced that it has awarded $127.7 million to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) across the country. These grant awards support the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to advance President Biden’s Unity Agenda to tackle the country’s mental health crisis and beat the opioid epidemic.

“Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are transforming mental health and substance use treatment by providing equitable access to services for all Americans,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “After sixty years, the vision of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, is being realized, and CCBHCs are making that possible.”

“CCBHCs have transformed how we provide behavioral healthcare in communities across the nation. There are now more options than ever for Americans struggling with mental health challenges or substance use disorder to get the help they need,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm. “Thanks to the awards we are announcing today, more CCBHCs will be able to provide care to more Americans and make our communities stronger in the process.”

The awards announced today will work with provisions of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) to expand access to the CCBHC model across the United States. Under BSCA, HHS will enable up to 10 additional states to create state CCBHC programs under Medicaid every two years starting in 2024, providing sustainable funding for CCBHC services to Medicaid beneficiaries.

The Community Mental Health Act of 1963, passed as part of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier, established a system of community-based care, instead of institutional care, across the U.S. for people with mental illness. Today’s announcement helps deliver on that promise by strengthening the care available in the community.

“CCBHCs serve anyone who asks for help for mental health or substance use, regardless of their ability to pay, and in turn, people being served by CCBHCs experience less homelessness, less illegal substance use, and reduced use of jails, prisons, emergency rooms and hospitals for behavioral health issues,” said Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “This is a model of care that truly works to serve the whole community.”

Today’s announcement, which was made at Chicago-based Thresholds Center for Mental Health Wellbeing, includes 128 grants to health clinics in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Each grantee will receive up to $1 million per year for four years. Of the 128, 63 grants totaling $62.8 million were awarded for the CCBHC Planning, Development, and Implementation (CCBHC-PDI) grant to assist clinics to establish and implement new CCBHC programs and 65 grants totaling $64.9 million were awarded for the CCBHC Improvement and Advancement (CCBHC–IA) grant to enhance and support existing CCBHCs. (Note to editors and reporters: A list of awards by state is provided at the end of this release.)

“The CCBHC model provides a funding structure to expand both the types of services we provide and the population we are able to serve,” says Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds. "As a community mental health provider, we consistently see that the need for high-quality mental health services outstrips our capacity to provide them. The CCBHC model is an enormous step forward in our ability to truly meet the needs of our communities with integrated mental and physical healthcare.”

CCBHCs were created to transform mental health and substance use treatment across the country and provide sustainable funding for robust community outpatient mental health treatment. These clinics are required to meet federal standards for the range of services that they provide.

CCBHCs must serve anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use conditions, regardless of their ability to pay, place of residence, or age. They are required to provide a range of services, including crisis services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and to provide routine outpatient care within 10 business days after an initial contact to prevent people from languishing on waiting lists. CCBHCs must also ensure access to a comprehensive range of services, providing care coordination when needed and incorporating evidence-based practices and other supports based on a community needs assessment.

In 2017, the first CCBHCs were funded under Medicaid, with 67 operating in eight states. Today, there are more than 500 CCBHCs in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Grants Awarded by State/Territory:

Org Name Org City Org State Award Total Amt Grant Awarded
FAIRBANKS NATIVE ASSOCIATION Fairbanks AK $984,581 PDI
JAMHI HEALTH & WELLNESS, INC. Juneau AK $1,000,000 IA
SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA MENTAL HEALTH BOARD Andalusia AL $1,000,000 PDI
COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, INC. Conway AR $1,000,000 IA
CENTERS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES, INC. Little Rock AR $1,000,000 IA
OZARK GUIDANCE CENTER, INC. Springdale AR $1,000,000 PDI
HORIZON HEALTH AND WELLNESS, INC. Apache Junction AZ $999,627 PDI
TERROS, INC. Phoenix AZ $1,000,000 IA
COPE COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC. Tucson AZ $998,703 PDI
SOUTHLAND INTEGRATED SERVICES, INC. Garden Grove CA $1,000,000 PDI
SHIELDS FOR FAMILIES Los Angeles CA $1,000,000 PDI
SOUTH CENTRAL FAMILY HEALTH CENTER Los Angeles CA $1,000,000 IA
TESSIE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION Los Angeles CA $1,000,000 IA
LOS ANGELES CENTERS FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE  (L A CADA) Santa Fe Springs CA $1,000,000 IA
TESSIE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION South Gate CA $1,000,000 PDI
SOUTHWEST COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC. Durango CO $998,123 PDI
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, INC. - ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD Hartford CT $1,000,000 IA
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, INC. - ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD Hartford CT $1,000,000 PDI
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AFFILIATES, INC. New Britain CT $1,000,000 IA
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AFFILIATES, INC. New Britain CT $1,000,000 PDI
CENTERSTONE OF FLORIDA, INC. Bradenton FL $1,000,000 PDI
BAYCARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, INC. Clearwater FL $999,484 PDI
AGAPE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER INC. Jacksonville FL $1,000,000 PDI
LIFESTREAM BEHAVIORAL CENTER, INC. Leesburg FL $1,000,000 IA
COMMUNITY HEALTH OF SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. Miami FL $1,000,000 PDI
ADVANTAGE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEMS Athens GA $1,000,000 IA
COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD OF EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA Augusta GA $998,778 PDI
RECOVERY CONSULTANTS OF ATLANTA, INC. Tucker GA $1,000,000 IA
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES OF S GA Valdosta GA $1,000,000 PDI
HILLCREST FAMILY SERVICES Dubuque IA $999,999 IA
NORTH CENTRAL IOWA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER Fort Dodge IA $1,000,000 IA
JACKSON RECOVERY CENTERS INC. Sioux City IA $1,000,000 PDI
BOUNDARY REGIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Sandpoint ID $1,000,000 PDI
THE MCLEAN COUNTY CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES INC. Bloomington IL $1,000,000 PDI
THRESHOLDS Chicago IL $1,000,000 PDI
THRESHOLDS Chicago IL $1,000,000 PDI
PILLARS COMMUNITY HEALTH Countryside IL $1,000,000 PDI
SINNISSIPPI CENTERS, INC. Dixon IL $1,000,000 IA
NORTH CENTRAL BEHAVORIAL HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. LaSalle IL $1,000,000 PDI
CENTERSTONE OF ILLINOIS, INC. West Frankfort IL $1,000,000 IA
CENTERSTONE OF ILLINOIS, INC. West Frankfort IL $1,000,000 PDI
PARK CENTER INC. Fort Wayne IN $999,992 IA
KANZA MENTAL HEALTH & GUIDANCE CENTER, INC. Hiawatha KS $1,000,000 PDI
NORTHKEY COMMUNITY CARE Covington KY $1,000,000 IA
FLORIDA PARISHES HUMAN SERVICES AUTHORITY Hammond LA $1,000,000 PDI
START CORPORATION Houma LA $1,000,000 PDI
L U K CRISIS CENTER, INC. Fitchburg MA $1,000,000 PDI
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, INC. Jamaica Plain MA $1,000,000 IA
CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, INC. Springfield MA $999,999 IA
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA CHESAPEAKE, INC. LANHAM MD $1,000,000 IA
MAINEHEALTH Portland ME $978,645 PDI
SWEETSER Saco ME $1,000,000 PDI
KENNEBEC MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Waterville ME $999,164 IA
ALLEGAN COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Allegan MI $1,000,000 IA
BLACK FAMILY DEVELOPMENT, INCORPORATED Detroit MI $999,999 PDI
BARRY COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY Hastings MI $999,794 IA
OTTAWA COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH Holland MI $1,000,000 IA
VAN BUREN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY Paw Paw MI $1,000,000 PDI
OAKLAND INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE NETWORK Pontiac MI $1,000,000 PDI
LINCOLN BEHAVIORAL SERVICES Redford MI $1,000,000 PDI
AMHERST H. WILDER FOUNDATION Saint Paul MN $999,847 IA
BURRELL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Springfield MO $1,000,000 IA
TIMBER HILLS REGION IV MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL RETARDATION COMMISSION INC. Corinth MS $1,000,000 PDI
PINE BELT REG MENT HLTHCARE RESOURCES Hattiesburg MS $1,000,000 PDI
COMMUNICARE Oxford MS $1,000,000 IA
A.W.A.R.E., INC. Anaconda MT $1,000,000 PDI
CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH Great Falls MT $1,000,000 IA
THE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF GREATER MANCHESTER INC. Manchester NH $1,000,000 IA
FAMILY CONNECTIONS, INC. East Orange NJ $1,000,000 IA
SERV CENTERS OF NEW JERSEY (INC.) Ewing NJ $1,000,000 IA
ACENDA, INC. Glassboro NJ $1,000,000 IA
LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICE CORPORATION Lakewood NJ $1,000,000 IA
CARE PLUS NJ, INC. Paramus NJ $1,000,000 IA
CARE PLUS NJ, INC. Paramus NJ $1,000,000 PDI
CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF TRENTON Trenton NJ $1,000,000 IA
BRIDGEWAY REHABILITATION SERVICES, INC. Union NJ $1,000,000 IA
ALL FAITHS Albuquerque NM $1,000,000 PDI
SANTA FE RECOVERY CENTER, INC. Santa Fe NM $1,000,000 PDI
BRIDGE COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED Las Vegas NV $1,000,000 IA
BRIDGE COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED Las Vegas NV $1,000,000 IA
SAMARITAN DAYTOP VILLAGE, INC. Briarwood NY $1,000,000 IA
OHEL CHILDREN'S HOME AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC. Brooklyn NY $1,000,000 IA
OHEL CHILDREN'S HOME AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC. Brooklyn NY $1,000,000 PDI
FINGER LAKES AREA COUNSELING AND RECOVERY AGENCY, INC. Clifton Springs NY $1,000,000 PDI
WELLLIFE NETWORK INC. Flushing NY $1,000,000 PDI
SOUTH SHORE CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER INCORPORATED Freeport NY $1,000,000 IA
HORIZON HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Getzville NY $1,000,000 IA
INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY LIVING, INC. New York NY $1,000,000 IA
JEWISH BOARD OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES New York NY $1,000,000 PDI
JEWISH BOARD OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES New York NY $1,000,000 PDI
VISITING NURSE SERVICE OF NEW YORK HOME CARE New York NY $993,226 PDI
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAMILY CENTER FOR DRUG TREATMENT & YOUTH SERVICES INC. Plattsburgh NY $1,000,000 PDI
HELIO HEALTH, INC. Syracuse NY $995,291 IA
SENECA, COUNTY OF Waterloo NY $1,000,000 PDI
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC. White Plains NY $1,000,000 PDI
PORTAGE PATH BEHAVORIAL HEALTH Akron OH $970,528 PDI
RAVENWOOD MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC. Chardon OH $1,000,000 PDI
HOPEWELL HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Chillicothe OH $1,000,000 IA
GREATER CINCINNATI BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SER Cincinnati OH $1,000,000 IA
TALBERT HOUSE, INC. Cincinnati OH $1,000,000 IA
ZEPF CENTER Toledo OH $1,000,000 IA
NORTH CARE Oklahoma City OK $1,000,000 IA
THE OKLAHOMA MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL Oklahoma City OK $1,000,000 PDI
GAUDENZIA, INC. Norristown PA $1,000,000 PDI
BERKS COUNSELING CENTER, INC. Reading PA $982,780 IA
MENNONITE GENERAL HOSPITAL, INC. Aibonito PR $1,000,000 PDI
MIGRANT HEALTH CENTER, WESTERN REGION Mayaguez PR $1,000,000 PDI
FAMILY SERVICE OF RHODE ISLAND, INC. Providence RI $1,000,000 IA
COMMUNITY CARE ALLIANCE Woonsocket RI $1,000,000 IA
FRONTIER HEALTH Gray TN $999,966 IA
CENTERSTONE OF TENNESSEE, INC. Nashville TN $1,000,000 PDI
TEXAS PANHANDLE MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL RETARDATION Amarillo TX $999,946 IA
THE HARRIS CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND IDD Houston TX $1,000,000 IA
THE GULF COAST CENTER League City TX $999,612 IA
SPECIAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR TEXAS, INC. Longview TX $1,000,000 PDI
BURKE CENTER Lufkin TX $997,630 IA
ANDREWS CENTER Tyler TX $972,139 IA
HOWARDCENTER, INC. Burlington VT $1,000,000 PDI
COLUMBIA WELLNESS Longview WA $999,470 IA
SEATTLE MENTAL HEALTH Tukwila WA $940,298 PDI
SEATTLE MENTAL HEALTH Tukwila WA $940,298 PDI
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE YAKIMA WA $1,000,000 IA
MILWAUKEE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE, INC. Milwaukee WI $1,000,000 IA
WESTBROOK HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Parkersburg WV $1,000,000 IA
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC. Princeton WV $1,000,000 IA
WESTBROOK HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Ripley WV $1,000,000 PDI
SENECA HEALTH SERVICES INC. Summersville WV $1,000,000 IA
CAMPBELL COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Gillette WY $965,123 PDI

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To learn how to get support for mental health, drug, and alcohol issues, visit FindSupport.gov.

Anyone seeking treatment for mental health or substance use issues should call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or visit findtreatment.samhsa.gov.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes.

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