NET has been chosen by the PA Department of Human Services as one of 16 Pennsylvania providers and one of four in Philadelphia to be awarded a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grant. This federal initiative will encourage states to adopt innovative approaches to community-based behavioral health services aimed at 1) integrating behavioral health with physical health care; 2) increasing consistent use of evidence-based practices; and 3) improving access to high quality care.
The CCBHC grant has two phases. Pennsylvania was one of 24 states who received the Phase 1 planning grant. The selected locations will continue working with the commonwealth as DHS prepares to apply to participate in a two-year demonstration program that will begin in January 2017. The purpose of the planning grant is to help states prepare and plan for participation in this two year program. NET's site visit will be next month on July 20th, after which we will more fully know our certification status and whether we will be a part of the state's final application in October 2016.
If NET becomes certified, the CCBHC initiative would allow us to add care management, physical health, adult mental health services and additional levels of care (directly or through a Designated Care Organization) to our continuum of services. We will keep staff posted on the status of this exciting opportunity and how it will impact the organization's service delivery.