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TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly says Kansas is getting a $1 million, one particular-year federal preparing grant to assistance the transition of Neighborhood Mental Wellness Centers (CMHCs) to grow to be Certified Neighborhood Behavioral Wellness Clinics (CCBHC) capable of treating mental overall health and substance abuse crises via integrated physical-behavioral care.

The funding comes from the U.S. Division of Wellness and Human Solutions (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Wellness Solutions Administration (SAMHSA).

In 2021, Governor Kelly signed Senate Substitute for Home Bill 2208, which laid the groundwork to modernize the state’s mental overall health technique to meet neighborhood-certain desires. With that bill, Kansas became the 1st state to pass legislation identifying the CCBHC model as a resolution to the mental overall health and substance use crisis. Considering that then, KDADS has been transitioning the state’s 26 CMHCs to CCBHCs.

The CCBHC model is at the core of the function my administration is performing to assist Kansans overcome addiction and strengthen mental overall health,” Governor Laura Kelly stated. “With his funding, extra Kansans – like extra members of the military and veterans — will get mental overall health and substance use disorder remedy, principal care, and intensive solutions in their personal communities.”

CCBHCs are expected to serve any one who requests care — like developmentally proper care for youngsters — for mental overall health and substance use, regardless of potential to spend, spot of residence, or age.

Kansas has been building its CCBHC system due to the fact 2021 in cooperation with the state’s 26 Neighborhood Mental Wellness Centers (CMHCs). KDADS applied for the SAMHSA Cooperative Agreements for CCBHC Arranging Grant in December 2022. Funding for this chance was created obtainable via the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which builds upon the $300 million awarded in September 2022 for new and current CCBHCs to expand access.

“CCBHCs can assist transform communities across Kansas by delivering timely access to complete behavioral and mental care,” Kansas Senator Roger Marshall stated. “I worth how CCBHCs function collaboratively with hospitals to step in and decrease emergency division visits and help law enforcement officers in responding to men and women suffering from a behavioral overall health crisis. I applaud the state legislature for laying the groundwork and passing complete legislation to boost the quantity of CCBHCs in the state and congratulate KDADS and KDHE for becoming one particular of 15 states chosen to participate in this pilot system. This has been a collaborative work due to the fact we extended the federal pilot system in December 2020. I’ll continue to help the state agencies and CCBHCs so they effectively serve Kansans in require.”