ServiceNet Receives Four-Year Grant to Extend and Enhance Coordinated Comprehensive Behavioral Health Care Programs

ServiceNet recently received a $4 million grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to extend and enhance its Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) over the next four years. 

“CCBHCs represent a vital and exciting national movement toward behavioral healthcare that takes an integrated, team-based approach,” says James Flood, Program Director of CCBHC at ServiceNet (pictured above). “People are multifaceted, and they are affected by their environment and various stressors in their life. All their challenges are interrelated, and assistance and solutions need to be integrative to address this reality. CCBHCs show how that integration can work successfully, and I am thrilled to continue this work and help model the future of behavioral healthcare.” 

Using a team approach, CCBHCs aim to provide comprehensive, person-centered behavioral health care while also removing barriers to access for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. ServiceNet’s outpatient clinics in Northampton and Greenfield were first designated as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) by SAMHSA as part of a pilot program launched in 2020. 

At the center of the CCBHC team is the case manager, who helps clients obtain the resources they need to stabilize their income, secure needed health care and safe housing, address food insecurity, identify social opportunities, and strengthen family relationships. Other CCBHC team members may include therapists, nurses, recovery coaches, peer mentors, and more. 

As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Since launching the CCBHC program, Congress has invested billions of dollars into SAMHSA’s CCBHC grants across the United States, including $420 million in American Rescue Plan funding. 

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