US Senators Roy Blunt and Debbie Stabenow, along with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, announced that states across the country will now be able to apply for funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). These clinics came about as a result of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, and aim to transform community care by setting high quality standards of care and then funding mental health and addiction services as health care through Medicaid.
With the recent passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, all states and D.C. are eligible to submit applications for planning grants to develop CCBHCs in their states. The act opens the funding to begin with 10 states in 2024, eventually opening the initiative to all states. Read more about this initiative and how its founders hope to revolutionize mental health care in the U.S.