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Excellence in Mental Health Act


What is the Excellence in Mental Health Act?


In March of 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 4302). This legislation includes provisions of the Excellence in Mental Health Act — an eight-state demonstration project and the single largest investment in community behavioral health in more than 50 years.  The demonstration project authorizes states to create criteria for “Certified Behavioral Health Clinics”  (CCBHC’s).  CCBHC’s will serve individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders through a wide array of comprehensive evidence based practices that will include treatment, prevention and wellness services. 

In order to participate in the 8 state demonstration project,  24 states were awarded planning grants to prepare clinics for certification.  Minnesota received a planning grant in the amount of 982,373.   You can read more about the planning grant award here 


Why Does it Matter?


CCBHC’s have the potential to transform the way in which mental and chemical health services are delivered and paid for in the state of Minnesota.  Clinics will be required to provide a core set of services, including Crisis Mental Health Services,  Targeted Case Management,  Outpatient Mental and Substance Abuse Services, Primary Care screening and monitoring,  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, and Services for members of the armed forces and other veterans.  In addition,  clinics will be reimbursed using a cost-based Prospect Payment System (PPS) similar to those utilized by FQHC’s.   For a comprehensive overview of CCBHC’s visit:


Minnesota will now begin preparing clinics for certification.  At the end of the planning grant year (Oct. 2016) at least 2 clinics (one rural, one urban) are required to be prepared for certification before Minnesota can apply to participate as one of the 8 state demonstration projects.  A steering committee comprised of stakeholders, providers, payers, and the state has been convened to provide guidance to the state during the planning grant year.  If you are interested in learning more about the activities of the please contact Claire Wilson at


Upcoming Events:


MACMHP will be hosting a CCBHC Impletmentation Compliance Training on February 11th from 9:00AM - 4:00PM. Please click here for more information and to register!



CCBHC Emerging Compliance Hotspots

Needs Assessment Webinar Slide Set

PPS Summary Timeline for States

SAMHSA CCBHC Application Guidance

CCBHC Slides from Compliance Training Workshop

CCBHC Cost Report

Press Release about the Excellence in Mental Health Act in the Minnesota Post 

Minnesota’s Timeline for Planning Grant Implementation Activities

CCBHC Certification Readiness Tool

SAMHSA’s Certification Requirements for CCBHC

CMS Website for PPS Related Resources

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