Behavioral Health Leaders Urge Congress to Expand CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

Dozens of behavioral health organizations are urging Congress to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, which is set to expire May 22.  In a letter released Tuesday, 60 stakeholders asked lawmakers to extend the demonstration for the eight states currently participating and expands the program to nearly a dozen more states. […]

President Trump’s Budget Would Boost CCBHC, Opioid Funding — But Hurt Medicaid 

The Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 Monday. On the behavioral health front, the budget aims to expand and extend the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, significantly boosting funding to that program and a variety of others focused on mental health and the opioid epidemic. It also promises […]

CCBHC Funding Helps Behavioral Health Combat Workforce Shortages

Nearly three years into the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration and about a year and a half into the first round of CCBHC expansion grant program, behavioral health stakeholders continue to advocate for the wider roll out of the CCBHC model. And in January, the industry recorded a win on that front. […]

Medicaid Block Grant Option Could Hurt Behavioral Health Providers — But Not Anytime Soon

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a new option for states to receive their federal Medicaid expansion funding as a capped lump sum. Behavioral health stakeholders worry the proposed waiver program could hurt safety net providers and the patients they serve, but operators won’t see changes anytime soon — if at […]

National Council CEO Hopes to Expand CCBHC Program, Strengthen Medicaid in 2020

After years of being neglected, behavioral health issues are finally getting some attention in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened new up reimbursement opportunities for behavioral health services; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) continues to roll out additional grants; and a growing number of state […]

SAMHSA Announces $200M in CCBHC Expansion Grants Available to Providers Nationwide

Behavioral health clinics across the country are now able to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grants. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the funding opportunity Friday, putting $200 million worth of grants up for grabs and expanding the reach of CCBHCs. The purpose is to “increase access […]

As Mental Health of Older Adults Worsens, Behavioral Health Providers Feel Strain

Medical advances are helping Americans live longer than ever before. While some might equate that with better health, new research suggests that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to behavioral health. In fact, the mental health of older Americans is declining, according to a new study published in JAMA’s Network Open, putting more […]

Presidential Candidates Preach Importance of Decriminalizing Addition, Preventing Suicides

Presidential candidates tackled addiction decriminalization, suicide prevention and other behavioral health issues Monday night at the Unite for Mental Health New Hampshire Town Hall hosted at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.  Candidates Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), former Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld (R) shared their plans to […]

Medicaid Work Requirements Could Threaten Behavioral Health Providers’ Bottom Line

Despite the push by federal courts to block Medicaid work requirements nationwide, states continue to pursue restrictions that would tie health coverage to employment for certain beneficiaries. In fact, on Thursday, South Carolina became the 11th state to have such requirements approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — much to the […]