WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) Today announced their bipartisan bill included in the Senate bipartisan proposal to expand high-quality mental health and addiction services nationwide. Their initiative provides funding to all states for their Community Certified Behavioral Health Clinic in their communities, based on a successful effort that has shown results across the country. Clinics will be reimbursed through Medicaid for the full cost of providing services, in the same way that we fund community health care centers. Senators Stabenow and Blunt created these community clinics in 2014 through the Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Excellence Act.
“Ensuring that people suffering from a mental health crisis can receive treatment before they harm themselves or others is important to prevent another tragedy.” said Senator Blunt. “The Mental Health Excellence Act, which created the Community Behavioral Certified Health Clinic, is a proven model for ensuring quick and close access to care. For too long, emergency rooms and law enforcement have served as a de facto mental health care system for us. CCBHCs are changing this by providing police assistance in crisis intervention and providing ongoing comprehensive care to those in need. It is important to remember that people with a mental health problem are more likely to be victims of a crime than a criminal. We want to make sure that not only is mental health care available, we are encouraging people to seek care without fear of stigmatization. This bilateral proposal builds on the progress we have made and ensures that access points based on the care community will be available in the long term. It will help keep people safe while protecting their constitutional rights under U.S. law, and I urge our colleagues to respect them. “
“Our mental health and addiction initiative is a proven success story. We are finally transforming the way we provide high quality services in our communities and the results are clear. “It’s time to dump her and move on. It’s time to dump her and move on to every corner of our country.” Senator Stabenow.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics require the provision of a full range of services, including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse services; immediate screenings, risk assessments and diagnoses; and coordination of care, including emergency rooms, law enforcement, and partnerships with veteran groups.
A report by the National Mental Welfare Council shows that these community clinics are increasing access to high-quality mental health and addiction treatment, which is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people across communities across the country.
Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services show that people who have received services at the following clinics:
- There were 63.2% fewer emergency visits.
- He spent 60.3% less time in prison.
- The number of homeless people fell by 40.7%.
- Similarly, 84% of these clinics provide services directly, or are planned for the future, in primary, secondary and high schools.
The proposal invests in programs to expand mental health and support services in schools, including early identification and intervention programs and school-based mental health and comprehensive services. The proposal also invests in programs to increase access to mental health and behavioral services for youth and families in crisis through telehealth.