Frequently asked questions
The CARES Act extends funding for the current eight-state CCBHC demonstration program to November 30, 2020. It also expands the demonstration program to two additional states. Read the bill in its entirety here
States who originally applied to be part of the CCBHC demonstration program but were not among the eight states selected. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, an enhanced federal match rate is available for the first eight quarters of the demonstration for new states, and for the eight quarters beginning 1/1/2020 for the eight current demonstration states.
The two new demonstration program states will be selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services within six months of the legislation and will receive two full years of funding.
Increased focus on providing the following in one single location:
SAMHSA opened the CCBHC Expansion grant program to entities across all 50 states. This was an important step toward making CCBHCs available across the country.
CCBHCs [must] provide a comprehensive collection of services that create access, stabilize people in crisis, and provide the needed treatment and recovery support services for those with the most serious and complex mental and substance use disorders.
They must also meet criteria in six key areas:
You can learn the specifics and more information about the current grant program in the SAMHSA document: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants
A September 2019 Report to Congress demonstrated the impact of CCBHCs thus far. Here are a few excerpts from the report.
Evaluate your technology and operations strategies to start getting your organization ready. Key areas in which to start:
1. Care coordination
The goal of CCBHCs is to provide more effective care at lower costs. For your organization, it’s critical to have processes and technology that connect to care providers outside of your organization. You may already have processes in place to do this, but you should start formalizing current partnerships and looking for ways to establish new ones with other organizations.
You’ll also need technology to help you make seamless connections:
Carequality™ is an industry-driven initiative designed to accelerate health data exchange among multi-platform networks, healthcare providers, EHR vendors and health information exchange (HIE) vendors.
CareManager™ is an EHR agnostic population health management platform that provides care coordination, interoperability, analytics, outcomes and risk stratification. By utilizing cloud-based technology, the solution assists with lowering risk of readmission without compromising quality.
Participating providers can follow a shared care plan, transfer consumer data, track clinical quality measures and manage authorizations and claims across their network. CareManager aggregates data to identify trends and presents health and treatment outcomes for analytics-driven decision making.
The CCBHC program addresses physical and behavioral health, as well as the social services each individual and family need to achieve wellbeing. Treatment must be tracked wherever it takes place — from emergency departments (EDs) and acute care to post-detoxification step-down services and residential programs. Data and results must also be available for population health management.
3. Mobility and mobile workforce management
CCBHCs commonly provide services in consumers homes, schools, justice related facilities, hospitals and EDs and acute care settings.
With our mobile solutions, clinicians, case managers and care providers gain quick, yet secure access to accurate, up-to-date information when they provide care and services in the field.
Whether you are you connected to the internet or not, you have a complete view of an individual’s health record which enables documentation of care anywhere, anytime.
Our mobile and web-based platform brings healthcare directly to the consumer.
Telehealth enables collaboration across a network of more than 200 million consumers, 600,000 providers and more than 25,000 organizations.
5. Quality measures and reporting
Some aspects of data reporting will be the responsibility of the state, using Medicaid claims and encounter data. Other quality measures and reporting will be the responsibility of the CCBHC with the EHR as the source of data.
Continuous quality improvement (CQI) plans that cover the needs of specific segments of the population served, as well as a clinic-wide plan, will be required. Your organization will need the ability to track data, measure progress and generate reporting on performance management and quality measurement:
Technology is available now to simplify reporting and analysis. Netsmart CarePathways™ suite of solutions includes KPI Dashboards, streamlines tracking key performance indicators and includes automatic data extraction from your EHR.
We have a dedicated CCBHC specialist team ready to help you succeed. Contact us for a demo or consultation.