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Office of Mental Health

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)

In 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), establishing the CCBHC demonstration program. Under the provisions of PAMA, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must:

In October 2015, the State of New York was awarded a one year planning grant from SAMHSA and CMS to develop a CCBHC proposal and program demonstration.

What are CCBHCs?

CCBHCs are Federally recognized, comprehensive community behavioral health providers that provide an opportunity to improve New York’s behavioral health system by helping to further integrate behavioral health with physical health care, utilizing evidence-based practices on a more consistent basis, and improving access to high quality care. The purpose of a CCBHC is to:

New York’s Planning Grant to Develop CCBHCs

Further guidance on CCBHCs is provided by SAMHSA