The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) model -codified in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014- enables providers to expand their scope of community-based mental health and substance use services by providing a Medicaid reimbursement rate based on their anticipated costs of service expansion.
New York State (NYS) was one of the first eight states selected to implement a CCBHC demonstration program, which launched in 2017. Acacia Network, as part of PROMESA, was one of the first five providers in New York City to operate a CCBHC.
We currently operate a CCBHC at our Westchester Avenue Family Health Care Center in the Bronx, and we have also expanded services at our Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP) outpatient mental health clinic in Washington Heights through a CCBHC expansion grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Our CCBHC programs provide:
- Integrated, evidence-based, culturally competent services
- 24/7 crisis response
- Increased access to diverse services and medications
- Medication-assisted treatment (M.A.T.)
- Specialized services for specific populations, such as children and veterans
- Immediate screening and risk assessment to determine the mental health, addiction, and basic primary care needs of the individuals who seek care in order to coordinate integrated access to care
- Extended hours, more clinicians and case managers
The increased access to integrated, one-stop care helps to reduce emergency room visits and psychiatric hospitalizations, leading to better patient outcomes, streamlined services, and lower costs, as well as improved population health for people who might require additional, specialized services.
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