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Missouri Selected to Participate in Historic Mental Health Act Reform

Posted by Candy Zarcone on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Missouri Selected to Participate in Historic Mental Health Act Reforms

When fully implemented, the Excellence in Mental Health Act  will modernize behavioral health services delivery.

By Brent McGinty from Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that Missouri was one of 8 states selected to participate in a demonstration program with the potential to transform the delivery of mental health and addiction services. The demonstration program creates new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) that must offer a full array of evidence-based behavioral health services.  The two-year demonstration will evaluate the impact of these new providers on access, cost, and quality of community behavioral health care.

“The Excellence in Mental Health Act will transform the way Missouri provides cutting-edge behavioral health care services to individuals suffering from serious untreated mental, addictive and chronic physical health problems. We are honored to be selected as one of the eight demonstration states,” said Brent McGinty, CEO, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare. “We are incredibly thankful for Senator Roy Blunt’s leadership on this initiative and all of his efforts ensure that individuals with mental illnesses and addictions have access to timely, high quality care.  He has worked tirelessly to preserve our nation’s behavioral health safety net, which supports some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

When fully implemented, the Excellence Act will significantly increase nationwide access to comprehensive community mental health and addiction treatment services backed by congressional funding of more than $1 billion — representing the biggest federal investment in mental health and addiction services in a generation.

CCBHCs will provide a comprehensive array of services, including crisis care, screening, treatment, prevention and wellness services for individuals with serious mental illnesses and addiction disorders. By establishing partnerships with a variety of health organizations, including primary care, CCBHCs will ensure consumers in Missouri will find a network of partners ready to work together to deliver high-value care in a more seamless system of integrated care.