The Subcommittee met on August 22nd to discuss community readiness to adopt to the CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic) model. Virginia was the recipient of a planning grant from SAMHSA. Of the states who received planning grants only half will apply to for certification. Virginia remains undecided and will look at “hybrid” options, such as taking on one facet at a time. Senator Creigh Deeds placed emphasis on the importance that all regions offer excellent services, not only those near urban areas. (Fact sheet: What is a CCHBC? http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Fact-Sheet_what-is-a-ccbhc-FINAL.pdf)

Thw CCBHC model is informed by recovery and includes peer support as a major pillar. Some other features are immediate screening, coordinated health care, and 24-hour crisis stabilization services. There is support on all sides but no consensus on how it would be paid for or how to insure equal access across the state. Some funding ideas presented by delegates and consultants included Medicaid expansion, projected savings in areas like ER use or jail diversion and reduction in “give-aways” (tax breaks for the wealthy). This issue will move to the Finance Committee for review. VOCAL will continue to monitor and report.

The next meeting of the subcommittee will be October 26, 2016 at 1pm in room A of the General Assembly building.

To see the full qualifications to become a Federally Certified Behavioral Health Clinic http://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/ccbhc-criteria.pdf

A link the General Assembly webpage can be found here http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/341

To view the biographies of those who sit on workgroups (including our Executive Director, Bonnie Neighbour) http://dls.virginia.gov/groups/mhs/Panel2016.pdf