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Stakeholder Survey Ongoing as Part of Community Needs Assessment

5/26/2016 5:00:00 PM
Written By:
Brittany Voll

Colonial Behavioral Health is currently conducting a stakeholder survey as part of a community needs assessment related to mental health and substance abuse services, which is required as part of the planning effort to establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) across the state.

If you work for or represent an agency or business serving residents of James City County, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg, or York County, please click here to complete the survey before June 10.

In October 2015, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) was awarded a grant totaling $982,400 from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to plan a transition toward meeting the CCBHC criteria for the state’s community services boards.  

The grant funds enable DBHDS and eight of the 40 CSBs to begin planning service changes intended to meet the federal CCBHC requirements. Colonial Behavioral Health is one of the eight CSBs engaged in the planning process, along with Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Health, Cumberland Mountain CSB, Harrisonburg Rockingham CSB, Mount Rogers CSB, New River Valley Community Services, Rappahannock Area CSB, and Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.

The CCBHC grant, which was authorized by the federal Protecting Access to Medicare Act, is divided into two phases. The planning phase included the award to DBHDS and 23 other state-level agencies; the second phase will allow eight of the 24 planning states to participate in a two-year demonstration program.

Established by the federal Excellence in Mental Health Act, the CCBHC model was designed to improve quality, use evidence-based practices, coordinate care, and deliver a set of nine core services:

  • Crisis services
  • Targeted case management
  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse services
  • Patient-centered treatment planning
  • Screening assessment and diagnosis
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • Peer and family support
  • Care for veterans and members of the military
  • Outpatient primary care screening and monitoring

To read more about CCBHC planning and requirements, visit SAMHSA’s website.

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