​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration working in concert with the Maryland Medical Assistance Program was successful in being awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for “2016 Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (Short Title: CCBHCs Planning Grants)”. The purpose of this program is to support states to certify clinics as certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs), establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare an application to participate in a two year demonstration program. Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders. The overall goal is to evaluate demonstration programs in up to eight states that will establish CCBHCs according to specified criteria that will make them eligible for enhanced Medicaid funding through the PPS. 

SAMHSA is working collaboratively with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid & Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to implement Section 223. ASPE will direct the national evaluation of the demonstration program.

The awarding of CCBHCs Planning Grants is the first phase of a two-phase process. Phase I provides funds for one year to states to certify community behavioral health clinics, establish a PPS for Medicaid reimbursable behavioral health services provided by the certified clinics, and prepare an application to participate in a two-year demonstration program. CCBHC Planning Grantees must use the criteria provided by SAMHSA to certify clinics in their states and follow the guidance provided throughout the process. 

Up to eight states of the twenty four states participating in the CCBHC Planning grants will be selected to participate in Phase II, the demonstration program. The eight selected states will bill Medicaid under and established PPS approved by CMS for behavioral health services provided to individuals eligible for Medical Assistance under the Maryland Medicaid Program. Planning​ Grants for CCBHCs are authorized under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 Section 223(c) (1).​


​​SAMHSA Request for Application and Maryland’s Project Narrative
SAMHSA RFA No. SM-16-001, CFDA No. 93.829:

grant- announcements/sm-16-001

Guidance to Planning Grant States to Apply to Participate in the Section 223 CCBHC Demonstration Program:


Maryland’s Project Narrative Response:

Maryl​and PNF​​

DHMH Behavioral Health Administration’s REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

SAMHSA Technical Assistance, Guidance and more

SAMHSA Quality Measures and Reporting

CMS Technical Assistance, Guidance and More
National Association of Medicaid Directors – Behavioral Health Integration – Studies and Resources

Other Resources