Why Become a CCBHC?
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) make it possible for people to receive timely and high-quality behavioral health treatment. While they also provide primary care screening and monitoring, they’re able to address mental health, substance use disorder, and other behavioral health issues that might otherwise be missed in acute care settings.
The CCBHC model of delivery is becoming popular as it improves access to care, gives the community access to a greater scope of services, and improves staff satisfaction and retention.
This page is dedicated to helping you learn more about CCBHC training requirements, including resources for certain components of the certification criteria.
What is a CCBHC?
The EMHA defines Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics as facilities specifically designed to provide a community with an all-inclusive range of substance use and mental health disorder services, especially for individuals who have the most complex needs. Read more
Resources How to Become a CCBHC
Becoming and maintaining a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic is not a simple task. It requires full participation from your staff, board members, and collaborating organizations. Leverage these resources to help you learn more about CCBHC required competencies, training, and more.
The Future of CCBHCs: Opportunities for Expansion and Lessons Learned From the Field
Join leaders from the National Council for Behavioral Health and Relias, as they discuss the current and future state of CCBHCs.
CCBHC Certification Criteria: Hiring, Training, and Reporting
Discover how Relias can help clinics hire and onboard staff for newly created roles, train board members and staff on CCBHC required competencies, and make collecting and reporting clinical data to SAMHSA easier.
CCBHC What You Need to Know and How Relias Can Help
Watch this webinar to learn the key principles behind CCBHCs, grant requirements and objectives for recipients, and ways Relias can assist you with preparation, implementation, and management of the CCBHC model of delivery.
How Relias Helps CCBHCs
Relias serves over 120 CCBHCs. We’ve helped organizations not only train and develop their staff, but hire and onboard new staff members quickly and effectively.
Sample CCBHC Training Crosswalk
The Sample CCBHC Training Crosswalk is based on certification criteria developed by SAMHSA found in the Request for Application (RFA) Appendix II-Criteria for the Demonstration Program to Improve Community Mental Health Centers and to Establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. This course list is just a sample of courses available in the Relias libraries.
Free Board Member Training
Educating your board on the community you serve is not just a key component of a successful board, but it also may be required by funding sources. We are proud to offer access to nine free board member training courses to all Relias health and human services clients.
CCBHC Certification Criteria
In order to become a CCBHC, organizations must meet certain service and training requirements:
CCBHC Service Requirements
CCBHCs must offer the following services:
- Crisis services
- Screening, assessment, and diagnosis; includes risk assessment
- Person-centered treatment planning
- Outpatient mental health and substance use services
- Primary care screening and monitoring of key indicators/health risk
- Targeted case management
- Psychiatric rehabilitation services
- Peer support and family supports
- Community-based mental health care for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans
CCBHC Training Requirements
Training must address:
- Cultural competence
- Person-centered and family-centered, recovery-oriented, evidence-based, and trauma-informed care
- Primary health/behavioral health integration
- Risk assessment, suicide prevention, and suicide response
- The roles of families and peers
- Other trainings required by the state
Training for staff may be provided online. If you’re interested in learning more about online training for your organization, contact Relias here.
Below you’ll find training resources for substance use disorders, suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, and more:
Guidelines on Becoming a CCBHC
Your Questions on Getting CCBHC Certified Answered
In January we partnered with The National Council to discuss the future of CCBHCs and how clinics can leverage CCBHC status to further staff training and combat workforce shortages and development. Read the highlights of our webinar.
Webinar Recap: CCHBC Certification Criteria
If you missed our recent webinar on CCHBC certification criteria, this blog recaps the key insights our experts shared, along with links to watch the webinar on demand.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC): What It Means For Behavioral Health Providers
The CCBHC Demonstration Program may very well outline the future of community behavioral health services. Which providers can become a CCBHC?
CCBHC Service Requirement Training Resources
A key CCBHC requirement is the ability to provide substance use disorder services to anyone in your community. To help your staff treat SUDs, we’ve put together a resource page dedicated to training and resources on peer support, evidence-based treatment practices, and more.
Addressing suicide requires a multi-pronged approach that encompasses staff training as well as effective communication of an organization’s policies and procedures. Take a look at this page dedicated to suicide prevention resources, including stories of hope and advocacy.
The impact of trauma is far reaching and affects every aspect of health. By implementing a trauma-informed care approach, both staff and clients work together in a framework of wellness that produces improved outcomes. Review these resources to help transform your organizational culture and practice.
There are many models of integrated care, each with strengths and challenges in terms of client care, funding, and business models. Regardless of your approach, success depends on leveraging the right set of tools. Check out these strategies and solutions to implement integrated care at your facility.
Resources to Improve Your Hiring & Onboarding
The resources below can help you hire, interview, onboard, and continually develop staff members at your organization. As you implement the CCBHC model of delivery, you may need to hire new employees to meet the needs of your community and ongoing CCBHC requirements.
How to Become and Employer of Choice e-book
Learn step-by-step how to update your hiring, interviewing, and onboarding strategies to improve staff retention. This guide will walk you through four actionable steps, complete with worksheets and practical steps to help along the way.
Hiring Strategy Checklist
Use this checklist to make sure you’re not missing any key steps as your hire, onboard, and train your staff for the long-term.
How to Become an Employer of Choice Workbook
Leverage these worksheets to help you identify opportunities to improve the way you attract, hire, onboard and retain high skilled healthcare staff at your organization.
Pinpoint Knowledge Gaps and Increase Engagement Among Staff
Watch this webinar to learn how to evaluate job-related competencies and measure soft skills, identify knowledge gaps in your staff training, and how to create a training plan to grow and develop your staff.
How do you become CCBHC certified? What are the steps and who provides certification?
Clinics must demonstrate through completion of the checklist in Appendix M of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that they are ready or will be ready within four months to meet all certification criteria. Formal certification by the state is not required.
Are FQHCs eligible to become CCBHCs?
Yes, FQHCs are eligible to become CCBHCs if they can meet all the criteria.
Does Relias currently provide training that satisfies CCBHC certification criteria?
Relias offers training topics covering the CCBHC “required services.” We also offer staff training topics such as person-centered care, trauma-informed care, substance use treatment and recovery, and culturally and linguistically competent care.
How can we use the Relias CCBHC Crosswalk?
The CCBHC crosswalk provides a guide for provider organizations to identify how Relias training modules might be incorporated into a provider-specific staff training plan that meets CCBHC criteria. The courses listed are a representative sample of courses available in Relias libraries.
It may not be necessary to choose all courses listed for a specific training standard; it is recommended that courses are chosen that closely align with the mission and services offered and the specific needs of the persons served.
What is the relationship between Relias and SAMHSA?
Relias does not have a relationship with SAMHSA other than aligning our content with the CCBHC criteria outlined by SAMHSA.
How can Relias help with staff training and workforce development?
Relias provides online compliance and CE training across the health service continuum of care.
Additionally, Relias offers personnel assessments for job roles within healthcare. These assessments help ensure the person has the technical knowledge to complete required job tasks. We also have assessments that explore critical success factors for one’s job such as empathy, compassion, judgment, and reliability.
Finally, we offer a population health management solution that helps organizations effectively manage defined populations with data insights, risk stratification, and targeted interventions. The solution helps organizations prove clinical outcomes, measure quality and improve care.