What you can learn from CCBHCs in the era of COVID-19

“Expanding community-based hubs for behavioral health care could not be more crucial for the United States. CCBHCs already perform a vital role of addressing in one location the complex needs of people with mental and substance use disorders. The coronavirus pandemic substantially increases the need for these comprehensive services.”

-Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA

Recent SAMHSA grants and the extension and expansion of the CCBHC demonstration project highlight the importance of supporting provider organizations as they focus on improving access to whole-person care. These forward-thinking organizations address the behavioral, physical and social needs of individuals in their community. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, CCBHC organizations’ comprehensive approach to care uniquely positioned them to respond to new and changing consumer needs.

In this OPEN MINDS panel discussion with Tri-County Mental Health Services, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare and Netsmart, learn how operating as a CCBHC has helped organizations navigate their way through the COVID-19 crisis. Having the technology already in place to support new workflows, increase virtual care offerings and support care coordination efforts better prepared these organizations to quickly adapt as the human services landscape rapidly changed.