On December 22nd, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas announced that Pennsylvania was awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration grant by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The commonwealth is one of eight states selected out of 24 applicants to receive the grant. While the ultimate amount of additional funds received is dependent on the usage of the CCBHC program, DHS estimates it could be an additional $10 million in federal funding.
The federal grant encourages states to adopt innovative approaches in the delivery of community-based behavioral health services. According to SAMHSA, the demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high-quality care for people with mental health and substance use disorders.