CMHA, the region’s leading behavioral health care provider for more than 40 years, is the recipient of a $4 million, two-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to enhance treatment services and enrich client care as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).
CMHA’s CCBHC will expand the agency’s continuum of high-quality coordinated, integrated care by providing 24-hour/7-day access to community-based mental health, substance disorder, and co-occurring treatment services for adults, children, and families across central Connecticut. The CCBHC designation and award will enable the agency to treat an additional 2,500+ people annually via its flagship downtown New Britain location at 233 Main Street.
New CCBHC services will include:
- Expanded open access clinic hours to serve clients through same day appointments – including expanded Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction and substance use;
- Expanded emergency mobile crisis services for adults and children to reduce death by drug overdose and suicide;
- Expansion of outpatient services to adults and children through additional evidence-based practices;
- Expansion of peer recovery support services—connecting adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders with others who have lived experience;
- Expanded care for veterans and active military personnel;
- Development of autism treatment programs for children;
- An embedded Community Health Center (CHC) at 233 Main Street to further integrate primary and behavioral health care for clients.
“This landmark SAMHSA award is the most recent federal grant that CMHA has received to continue our pioneering work in the treatment of adults, families and youth,” said CMHA President & CEO Raymond J. Gorman. “The people of central Connecticut will benefit greatly from the availability of these new services and treatment modalities.”
CCBHC’s were created as part of the Excellence in Mental Health Act in 2014 to expand Americans’ access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. There are currently 113 CCBHC’s operating in 21 states, and CMHA is one of only two CCBHC’s in Connecticut. CCBHC’s must meet requirements related to quality reporting, governance, staffing, access to care and care coordination. Since 2018, Congress has appropriated yearly funds for the two-year CCBHC Expansion Grants Program that CMHA received.
“The CCBHC gives us the opportunity to continue the cutting-edge work we have done to integrate primary and behavioral health care for our clients. Through CCBHC, we can also show Connecticut and the nation that when given the proper resources, we can improve the health of our client population,” said Marie Mormile-Mehler, MSW, CMHA VP of Planning & Performance Improvement. “Much like Federally Qualified Health Centers, CCBHCs are the prototype for the future of behavioral health care in our country. CMHA is pleased to be leading the effort.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.