The National Council for Behavioral Health dba National Council for Mental Wellbeing proposes to establish the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants (TTA-CCBHC) to advance implementation and sustainability of the CCBHC model. Training and technical assistance (TTA) will be provided to CCBHC Expansion (CCBHC-E) grantees to address barriers, gaps and challenges in implementing the range of required CCBHC services, meeting and adhering to CCBHC criteria, delivering comprehensive 24/7 community-based mental health, substance use and physical healthcare in one location, and planning for post-grant sustainability. Overarching project goals are: 1) increase TTA recipients’ success in implementing and adhering to the CCBHC model, adopting evidence-based practices and advancing activities, processes, and partnerships that support access to care and 2) improve CCBHC-E grantees’ sustainability efforts and advance their alignment with and ability to navigate state CCBHC certification processes.
The National Council is the nation’s leading champion for the CCBHC model. Building on our longstanding history of supporting clinics and states with CCBHC implementation, reaching more than 3,900 individuals and 70% of CCBHC-E grantees in the last year alone, we have developed a stellar team with the required knowledge and experience to address a range of CCBHC-E TTA challenges. Partners on this effort include the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Multicultural Development Institute, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and Relias, LLC. The TTA-CCBHC will provide TTA to at least 5,000 individuals annually (15,000 over the lifetime of the project) reaching no fewer than 80% of CCBHC-E grantees in the first year, with a goal of extending our reach to 100% of grantees by the end of the five-year project.
Project activities include: establishing an Advisory Board that includes representation from populations that CCBHCs serve (e.g., serious mental illness); conducting an annual TTA needs assessment; developing and annually updating a structured TTA plan; compiling a comprehensive inventory of TTA resources housed on a TTA-CCBHC website; organizing, developing, and providing CCBHC’s TTA and direct consultation on demand via multiple modalities; establishing partnerships with other national TTA Centers, Centers of Excellence, and Technology Transfer Centers; and implementing a performance monitoring plan with continuous quality improvement (CQI). In addition, to advance grantees’ ability to navigate state CCBHC certification processes and support grant sustainability, we will develop TTA resources and learning collaboratives on navigating state certification, maximizing opportunities for sustainability, and working with private payers to explore coverage that enables continuation of CCBHC services.