The State of Montana is implementing the Montana Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Planning Project in collaboration with the Montana Healthcare Foundation, the Montana Primary Care Association, and the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana. The project is aimed to transform how behavioral health in the State of Montana is delivered, accessed, and measured by implementing high-quality programs, practices, and policies that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and equity-based. The project aims to address complex challenges, from rising levels of drug overdoses and suicide to longstanding issues with the fragmentation of behavioral health and substance use from primary care systems. This initiative will address the needs of individuals in urban, rural, and frontier communities, focusing on those with health disparities by providing access to prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services. For the first year of implementation post the planning grant year, the goal is to begin the operation of three of the eleven planned CCBHCs, serving an estimated 8,751 individuals and roughly 14,585 individuals by year two. The Montana CCBHC Planning Project is critical to addressing the behavioral health crisis and improving the health and well-being of Montanans.
The State of Montana, in partnership with stakeholders, will design and implement a three-pronged stakeholder engagement approach and will develop a CCBHC Planning Methodology and Strategy that will be used to support the development, implementation, and expansion of CCBHCs. The CCBHC Planning Methodology and Strategy will be built on the foundation of improving access to and delivery of coordinated, comprehensive behavioral health care through recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and equity-based policies. The CCBHC Planning Methodology and Strategy will prepare providers to 1) provide behavioral health services that meet the certification criteria, 2) serve their communities, including those most in need of coordinated, integrated, accessible, quality care, with no denial of services based on inability to pay, 3) and promote recovery while fostering resilience and addressing social determinants of health. In addition, the state's goal is that the services provided are family and person-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically competent, and coordinated across providers, agencies, levels of care, behavioral health, and primary care, as preferred by the person or family.