TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly says Kansas is getting a $1 million, one particular-year federal preparing grant to help the transition of Neighborhood Mental Overall health Centers (CMHCs) to turn out to be Certified Neighborhood Behavioral Overall health Clinics (CCBHC) capable of treating mental overall health and substance abuse crises via integrated physical-behavioral care.

The funding comes from the U.S. Division of Overall health and Human Solutions (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Overall health Solutions Administration (SAMHSA).

In 2021, Governor Kelly signed Senate Substitute for Property Bill 2208, which laid the groundwork to modernize the state’s mental overall health program to meet neighborhood-particular wants. With that bill, Kansas became the 1st state to pass legislation identifying the CCBHC model as a resolution to the mental overall health and substance use crisis. Due to the fact then, KDADS has been transitioning the state’s 26 CMHCs to CCBHCs.

The CCBHC model is at the core of the operate my administration is undertaking to support Kansans overcome addiction and enhance mental overall health,” Governor Laura Kelly mentioned. “With his funding, far more Kansans – such as far more members of the military and veterans — will obtain mental overall health and substance use disorder remedy, key care, and intensive solutions in their personal communities.”

CCBHCs are expected to serve any one who requests care — such as developmentally suitable care for youngsters — for mental overall health and substance use, regardless of capacity to spend, spot of residence, or age.

Kansas has been building its CCBHC plan due to the fact 2021 in cooperation with the state’s 26 Neighborhood Mental Overall health Centers (CMHCs). KDADS applied for the SAMHSA Cooperative Agreements for CCBHC Preparing Grant in December 2022. Funding for this chance was produced accessible via the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which builds upon the $300 million awarded in September 2022 for new and current CCBHCs to expand access.

“CCBHCs can support transform communities across Kansas by offering timely access to extensive behavioral and mental care,” Kansas Senator Roger Marshall mentioned. “I worth how CCBHCs operate collaboratively with hospitals to step in and cut down emergency division visits and help law enforcement officers in responding to people suffering from a behavioral overall health crisis. I applaud the state legislature for laying the groundwork and passing extensive legislation to enhance the quantity of CCBHCs in the state and congratulate KDADS and KDHE for becoming one particular of 15 states chosen to participate in this pilot plan. This has been a collaborative work due to the fact we extended the federal pilot plan in December 2020. I’ll continue to help the state agencies and CCBHCs so they effectively serve Kansans in require.”

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