CCBHC Expansion Bill Introduced in the Senate
In December, Senators form Missouri and Michigan and Representatives from New Jersey and California introduced the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, H.R. 3931/S. 1905. This legislation would expand and extend the Excellence Act demonstration program in Medicaid (CCBHC program).
Currently, this demonstration is a 2 year, 8 state initiative to expand Americans’ access to community-based mental health and addiction care. The program started in Oregon in the spring of 2017. It lays the foundation for transformation of care delivery by setting standards for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and establishing a Medicaid payment rate that supports the costs of comprehensive service.
The new bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (H.R. 3931/S. 1905) would expand the program to include 11 more states that were not selected as part of the original and current 8 states. The bill would also extend the life of the original 8 states to include an additional year.
“This expansion is critical in making sure communities across the country have the resources they need to improve the lives of anyone living with mental illness or recovering from addiction,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). “Each and every state that came forward with a plan to increase access to community mental health services should have the support they need.”
“This bill will allow all states in the pilot program to continue the important work that’s underway, and enable more states to join the effort. I urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill, and help get us closer to our goal of treating mental health like all other health in this country.” said Senator Roy Blunt (MO).