SAMHSA is looking for your comments on how to improve mental health care in our communities. Register today for our upcoming listening session. America is facing a critical need for mental health services. Over 9 million adults in the United States are living with a serious mental illness, and 1 in 5 children have an identified mental health disorder. Yet states and communities often face challenges when trying to increase access to mental health services. To help address this issue, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 4302), which included Section 223. Section 223 was specifically written to improve access to mental health services and quality of care.
Section 223 establishes a demonstration program to develop, implement and evaluate Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC). These CCBHCs will improve outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders by:
- Increasing access to services
- Expanding the scope of services, and
- Improving the quality of care
In addition, one of the goals of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act is to establish a Prospective Payment System for Medicaid reimbursement that will apply only to mental health services furnished by the CCBHCs to people with behavioral health disorders. As part of the Section 223 Demonstration Program, SAMHSA will be establishing criteria to certify Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
SAMHSA needs your help and comments! On November 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., SAMHSA is holding a listening session, and you’re invited.
We are interested in hearing your suggestions about key issues SAMHSA should consider in the development of CCBHC standards. Your feedback will help us develop a well-rounded program to better serve the public.
With almost 100 in-person attendees, and over 1000 already registered to participate via webinar, SAMHSA is looking forward to connecting with community members and stakeholders. Section 223 has the potential to significantly improve community mental health services across the nation. Your involvement will help us achieve this aim.
Please register to attend the listening session, either online or in person, by clicking the button below. You can also find out more about the listening session and Section 223 on SAMHSA's website. But register soon, because the deadline is November 7.
Sugarloaf/Seneca Conference Room
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
For those unable to join the listening session, you may submit written comments until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 26, 2014 using any of the following methods:
- Mail: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, Room 6-1019. Attn: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Comments
- Hand Delivery or Courier: 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, Room 6-1019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: 1-240-276-1930 Attn: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Comments