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SAMHSA Awarding $149M In Grants For Behavioral Health Services In 2021

Feb 3, 2021 9:18:44 AM

Responding to increased demands for behavioral healthcare services since the COVID-19 outbreak, SAMHSA is awarding $149 million – or up to $2 million per year to each qualifying clinic – through the CCBHC Expansion Grants Program.

74 clinics could get up to $2 million

The COVID-19 pandemic created statistical spikes in depression, isolation, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, insomnia and substance abuse. In a June survey reported by the CDC, more than 40 percent of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition.

These spikes pushed many behavioral health clinics and their providers beyond their limits, much to the detriment of those requiring their support.

“The purpose of this program,” according to SAMHSA, “is to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental and substance-use disorder treatment services through the expansion of CCBHCs.”

Awards are expected to be granted to 74 eligible clinics, including:

  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

  • Uncertified Community-Based Behavioral Health Clinics that meet certification criteria and can be certified within 4 months of receiving a grant.

SAMHSA expects qualifying clinics to provide access to 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with at least one of the following:

  • Serious mental illness.

  • Substance-use disorders, including opioid-use disorders.

  • Children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance.

  • Individuals with co-occurring mental and substance disorders.

Applications due by March 1

The project is expected to last up to two years. Annual continuation awards will depend on:

  • Available funds.

  • Grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives.

  • Timely submission of required data and reports.

  • Compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Applicants must submit their Public Health System Impact Statement to appropriate state and local health agencies by the March 1 deadline. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact are due no later than 60 days after the deadline.

Visit the SAMHSA website and apply for the grant.

Opportunities to ease the burden on behavioral health and substance abuse providers can also be achieved through fully integrated, interoperable medical software. InSync Healthcare Solutions offers a CCBHC-specific EHR system that can streamline workflows, increase efficiencies, save time and minimize the chances of human error. 

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Andy Smith

Written by Andy Smith

Andy brings his passion for writing and editing, along with decades of experience, to research and compose stories that keep healthcare InSync. His articles take a deep dive into the trending and relevant issues of mental health, interoperability, physical therapy, speech therapy, substance abuse treatment, and CCBHC's - bringing clarity to the effects of emerging technology and Electronic Health Records on today's top healthcare stories.

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