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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) is a service delivery model being piloted for further integration of substance use disorder and mental health services, using a cost based reimbursement structure. This new service delivery model aims to coordinate care across settings and providers to ensure seamless transitions for individuals across the full spectrum of health and social services, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high-quality care. As part of the state’s participation in the demonstration program, CCBHCs will provide an array of required services.

What services are available?

People who use CCBHCs may receive:

  • Outpatient mental health and substance use services
  • Primary care screening and monitoring
  • Screening, assessment and diagnosis, including risk management
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation services, including ARMHS and CTSS
  • Crisis mental health services, including 24-mobile crisis teams, emergency crisis Intervention services and crisis stabilization
  • Patient-centered treatment planning
  • Targeted case management
  • Peer and family support
  • Services for members of the armed forces and veterans
  • Connections with other providers and systems

Who is eligible for services?

An individual who is currently receiving at least one of the required services from one of the six identified CCBHCs.

 An individual who is new to receiving services from one of the six identified CCBHCs must have a preliminary screening and risk assessment and receive at least one CCBHC service from the CCBHC.

Current providers

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics beginning July 2017:

  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation serving Ramsey County 
  • Northern Pines Mental Health Center in the northcentral part of the state
  • Northwestern Mental Health Center serving six northwest counties
  • People Incorporated serving Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties
  • Ramsey County Mental Health Center serving Ramsey County
  • Zumbro Valley Health Center in Olmstead and Fillmore Counties in the southeast

The above providers participated in a planning phase and certification process in 2016. These six providers will deliver the CCBHC service model for a period of two years during a federal demonstration program (July 2017-June 2019). During this time period additional organizations cannot be added to the state’s demonstration.


CCBHCs will be paid a daily encounter rate for all qualified services provided to Medical Assistance (MA) eligible individuals. The daily encounter rate supports high quality, evidence based services, outreach, trust building, and supports needed by individuals served.

Reporting requirements

As a condition of participation in the federal pilot program, DHS is required to collect and report on encounter, clinical outcomes, and quality improvement data. The data reporting requirements are designed to ensure improved access to care and high-quality services.

 DHS will also collect data which can be used to assess the impact of the demonstration program on:

  1. access to community-based behavioral health services in the areas of the state with a CCBHC compared to other areas of the state that do not have a CCBHC;
  2. quality and scope of services provided by CCBHCs compared with non-CCBHC providers; and
  3. federal and state costs of a full range of behavioral health services (including inpatient, emergency, and ambulatory services).

CCBHCs will distribute an annual client perception of care survey.

More information

Bulletin – DHS Provides Policy for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Additional resources

Criteria for the Demonstration Program to Improve Community Mental Health Centers and to Establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
SAMHSA Section 223 Demonstration Program for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
SAMHSA Quality Measures
When is a Person a CCBHC Consumer and Their Services Covered by the Demonstration?

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