Recently, the Behavioral Health market has experienced some major shake-ups. The government has passed multiple key pieces of legislation and unveiled critical incentives. The clock is ticking to qualify.

As the 24 states receiving planning grants prepare to apply for the demonstration phase of the program, to be successful, your organization must review and understand the specific criteria and timelines set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Here’s a preview of what you’ll need to begin the process of becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Clinic (CCBHC).

The four required service categories that the CCBHC must provide are:

  1. Crisis services
  2. Screening, diagnosis, and risk assessment
  3. Person-centered, family-centered treatment planning
  4. Outpatient mental health and substance use services

The five required service categories that your CCBHC can provide directly or can deliver through a contractual relationship with one or more Designated Collaborating Organizations (DCOs) include:

  1. Outpatient primary care screening and monitoring
  2. Targeted case management
  3. Psychiatric rehab services
  4. Peer, family support, and counseling services
  5. Community-based mental health care for veterans

Among these service categories, there are other minimum standards and community linkages that you’ll need in order to qualify. If your clinic captures all allowable direct and indirect costs associated with providing the nine areas of care mandated within S.264 (the Excellence in Mental Health Act), the daily rate should provide sufficient reimbursement to reclaim all costs with minimum challenges.

Regardless of the consumer mix and services mix you’re offering, this payment methodology should prove to be much easier and more reliable than the monthly payment methodology.

The deadline for your application is this October. Are you ready for this next step to provide better patient care?

Want to learn more? Attend our webinar, Becoming A CCBHC: Strategies, Tools & Tips For Ensuring a Smooth Transition, on June 23, 2016. Even if you’re unable to attend the session, please register and I’ll be sure you receive a recording of the helpful tips and tricks we discussed.