CCBHC’S: What’s the Benefit?
With all the changes that are happening in the government, especially in regard to health care- it can be a challenge to keep up. Most of the time we know we need help, but it can be hard to navigate the system of specialists before it becomes an emergency situation.
This is where a CCBHC (Certified Behavioral Health Clinic) comes into play.
What exactly is a CCBHC?
A CCBHC is an organization or entity designed to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals.
In other words, it is your one-stop-shop for behavioral health assistance.
In order to be a fully functioning and government funded CCBHC there are nine requirements you must meet, with a focus on:
- Provision of 24/7 crisis care
- On-site care coordination
- Integrated health care (incorporating physical care into behavioral or mental health care)
- Tailored care for active-duty military and veterans
What benefit does a CCHBC have for me?
Established in 2017, the Excellence in Mental Health Act is a two-year, 8-state initiative to expand Americans’ access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Previous to the establishment of this act, integrated health care was hard to come by. Some might even say that this obstacle was a large contributing factor to the opiate crisis.
With affordable, easy to access and understand health care- this act creates a proactive solution to an individual finding themselves in need of emergency treatment, or treatment located within a prison.
These Clinics are a large step toward comprehensive health care access for those with Medicare and Medicaid, or struggling to make ends meet. CCBHCs will provide care regardless of the ability to pay, caring for those who are underserved.
How does government funding of these clinics directly affect me?
It’s simple- CCBHCs were specifically designed to address financial concerns of people struggling with mental health or addiction problems. By allowing the underserved populations to use government-provided funding such as Medicaid or Medicare, we expand the ability to help all those in need.
Now we are able to:
- see you and treat you as a whole person
- promote preventative care through the use of case managers
- Link up with a nursing team for health education
- Assist you in developing dietary and wellness skills to help manage chronic illnesses
And there’s even more! Since we opened our doors over 40 years ago, we’ve been committed to showing you that we offer real help, from real people who really care. This funding is just one more way for us to continue what we love to do!