The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded just under 23 million dollars in Planning Grants to 25 states across the country to support Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
Missouri is one of the 25 states selected to receive federal grant money, totaling $982,373. The planning grants are the first phase of a two-phase process. When the current planning grant phase ends in October of 2016, up to eight states will be selected to participate in a two year demonstration program beginning January 2017.
Mark Stringer is the Director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He said these new centers will provide individuals with additional of mental health services as well as services for people who have substance abuse disorders.
“This project has a very strong emphasis on crisis services and crisis intervention. This program will give them additional resources to be even more responsive and provide access to more people who need it,” Stringer said.
Payment to these centers will be done with a “sliding fee schedule” which will allow payments to be made based on ability.
The services provided from these clinics will be available for both children and adults.