Alabama selected for behavioral health program

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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Montgomery, Ala.- Alabama is one of ten states selected for the Certified Community  Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program by the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with the Substance  Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Thanks to this opportunity, Alabama’s behavioral healthcare system will begin its transition to the CCBHC business model. 

“Our department has set a bold vision. One day, every Alabamian in all counties will  have access to 24/7 mental health and substance use treatment and live a full life in  the community,” said Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Kimberly Boswell, “Receiving this grant and the opportunity to expand our work on the CCBHC  Model is a major step toward this vision.” 

The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) and community mental health providers’ participation exhibits a continuous commitment to improving and expanding a robust system of behavioral health care across the state. The program approval follows the development of state-level infrastructure led by the Department and collaboration with providers to meet CCBHC standards. 

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The CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration Program will enable states to prepare community mental health centers to expand to the CCBHC model. The Program provides the awarded states with sustainable funding to increase access to mental health and substance use treatment through Certified Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).