A new model of mental and chemical health care is now available in select communities across the state.
Called Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), these sites began testing an innovative care system July 1 that not only brings together chemical and mental health care, but focuses on coordinating a person’s total health and social service needs, including physical health care. CCBHCs serve as a “one-stop-shop” for both adults and children who have trouble otherwise getting the help they need.
“In Minnesota, we’ve long recognized the need to bring together services under one roof,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “CCBHCs offer mental health and substance use disorder services as well as a range of other services, putting the needs of people first.”
Minnesota is one of eight states selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to pilot this new model. Locations are in both rural and urban communities from the northwest to the southeast of the state:
- Northern Pines Mental Health Center serves Cass, Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing and Aikin counties in northcentral Minnesota
- Northwestern Mental Health Center serves Kittson, Marshall, Red Lake, Polk, Norman and Mahnomen counties in northwest Minnesota
- Wilder Mental Health and Wellness serves Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metro area
- People Incorporated serves Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the Twin Cities metro area
- Ramsey County Mental Health Center serves Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metro area
- Zumbro Valley Health Center serves Olmsted and Fillmore counties in southeast Minnesota.
Today, Commissioner Piper toured Zumbro Valley Health Center in Rochester to see the system in action. For Zumbro Valley, becoming a CCBHC was an extension of its already integrated model of care, which provides mental health, substance use disorder, primary care and community-based services to about 4,000 residents in southeastern Minnesota.
“We are excited to be offering this new and innovative service to our community,” said Beth Krehbiel, chief executive officer for Zumbro Valley Health Center. “CCBHCs are an opportunity to provide more coordinated, cost effective, patient-centered care to those living with mental and chemical health challenges.”
In many communities, before CCBHCs, a person with a mental illness would need to contact several different agencies to obtain various services, and rarely can someone obtain both mental health and substance use disorder treatment through the same agency. CCBHCs change that, offering a range of coordinated services. People who use CCBHCs may receive:
- Outpatient mental health and substance use services
- Primary care screening and monitoring
- Behavioral health screening, assessment and diagnosis, including risk management
- Psychiatric rehabilitation services
- Crisis mental health services, including 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.
To access services at a CCBHC, a person can contact the clinic directly or talk to their service provider.
The CCBHCs are the culmination of an extensive two-year planning process. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded planning grants to 24 states to begin establishing systems and preparing applications to participate in the demonstration program. At the end of the grant, 19 states submitted applications to participate in the demonstration program, from which eight states were selected. The two-year demonstration project is funded until July 2019.