The State of Georgia is pursuing SAMHSA CCBHC State Planning Grant funding to support its efforts to transition the publicly funded behavior health service delivery system to include statewide access to Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. This transition will expand service capacity and improve access to needed services for individual in Georgia. It is intended that these efforts will significantly impact currently unmet needs in the state.
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is Georgia’s Mental Health Authority (O.C.G.A. 37-1-20 (2010)). DBHDD is responsible for all components of the state public behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability systems. Over the last eight (8) years DBHDD has strategically prioritized its preparedness for growing the CCBHC model and network to provide direct support to its contracted providers through the CCBHC Project. Designed to help qualified Community Service Boards (CSBs) achieve Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic status, the CCBHC Project has supported providers to integrate additional services to ensure an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, person-centered wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration.
The state of Georgia has identified significant unmet need for behavioral health services, particularly among the population intended to be served by the “safety net” of Tier 1 providers (CSBs). The CSBs currently serve approximately 108,000 individuals each year. It is expected that this will remain consistent during the planning grant period. The currently unserved and underserved population is the primary intended population to be served by this project. By Race and Ethnicity, the current service population is 54.6% White/Caucasian, and 38.6% Black/African American, with no other race constituting more than 2% of the population. Currently, 4.2% of the population is Hispanic/Latino. This is fairly consistent with the racial/ethnic composition of the population of Georgia and is expected to be consistent with the intended service population of this project. The population includes adults and youth with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. It also includes those individuals with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disabilities. Veterans, active military, and their families are also part of the intended service population.
The primary goal of this project is to complete application for, and be selected as, a CCBHC Demonstration State. This includes successfully completing all required activities: including soliciting and using stakeholder input; finalizing the application, review and certification process for initial CCBHCs with diverse geographic areas; establishing processes for expanding CCBHCs during the demonstration period; supporting providers to become Tier 1+ providers and certified CCBHCs with cultural, procedural and organizational changes resulting in expanded, high quality, person-centered, trauma-informed services; address workforce issues; developing, testing and implementing a PPS system with specific PPS rate for each CCBHC provider with appropriate cost reporting and verification; and enhancing data collection, analysis and reporting capacities.