The State Certification Guide is a tool for states to use in assessing the qualifications of prospective certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed criteria for CCBHC certification. Access the complete CCBHC certification criteria – 2016 (PDF | 789 KB). The State Certification Guide is arranged by criteria program requirements. It is not meant as a substitute for the criteria or the prospective payment system (PPS) guidance. Access the State Certification Guide – 2015 (PDF | 712.4 KB).