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.
Since the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, organizations and states are well-positioned to create and grow the CCBHC model of care, with improved and increased access to funding. According to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act would expand CCBHCs by allowing any state or territory the opportunity to apply to participate in the demonstration program, while allocating additional planning grant monies for states to develop proposals to participate.”
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?
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are 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.
Resources to achieve and maintain CCBHC certification criteria
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.
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.
Investing in Staff Development to Promote CCBHC Success
In this webinar Rola Aamar, PhD, Partner of Behavioral Health Solutions at Relias, and Renee Boak, MPH, Consultant of Healthcare Delivery and Finance at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, discuss investing in staff development to promote CCBHC success.
How CCBHCs Can Leverage Co-Response to Streamline 988 Adoption
The 988 crisis hotline is now fully operational. Learn how CCBHCs can partner with local crisis response systems to streamline 988 adoption in their communities.
Easterseals Journey as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center
During this session, we will cover CCBHC requirements, lessons learned for application, implementation and evaluation and celebrations.
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.
Success Story: Center for Health Services Created a Culture of Compliance Using Relias
“There’s so many very specific training requirements that being a CCBHC requires… But we didn’t have to create anything fresh. With Relias they were already there in the platform.”
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/caregiver supports
- Community care for uniformed service members and veterans
CCBHC Training Requirements
Training must address:
- Evidence-based practices
- Cultural competency
- Person-centered and family-centered, recovery-oriented planning and services
- Trauma-informed care
- The clinic’s policy and procedures for continuity of operations during and after disasters
Training for staff may be provided online. If you’re interested in learning more about online training for your organization, contact Relias here.
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.
CCBHC service requirement training resources
Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training
Because situations resulting in a mental health crisis can vary greatly, it is critical that providers have relevant, timely, and evidence-based methods of addressing crises in a way that is trauma-informed and meets the needs of the individual. This resource hub will help providers and their staff increase their understanding of crisis, improve their skills when handling crises, and give them knowledge to prevent and manage crises more effectively.
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 our e-book to help transform your organizational culture and practice.
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- How do you become CCBHC certified? What are the steps and who provides certification?
- Nonprofit organizations, state-operated clinics, and tribal health organizations are eligible to be considered for CCBHC designation. Organizations must demonstrate that they meet all the criteria to be designated a CCBHC. Private, for-profit clinics are NOT eligible to be CCBHCs, but they can enter into formal agreement with a CCBHC to become a designated collaborating organization.
- 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 they can incorporate Relias training modules 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, 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 healthcare 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.