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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs); Image of brick building

***Disclaimer: The use of the term "behavioral" on this site is a reflection of federal guidelines and terminology. It is not a reflection of DMH values. DMH is actively pursuing a name change to better align with Vermont's ongoing commitment to inclusivity. DMH appreciates your understanding and ongoing support.***


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment providers that offer a wide range of services, including 24/7 crisis care, outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment, primary care screening and monitoring, and peer support services.

The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH), in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), Division of Substance Use Programs (DSU), was one of 15 states to be awarded a $1 million, one-year state planning grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop and support a comprehensive statewide plan for a network of CCBHCs in Vermont.

This plan will include the solicitation of stakeholder and community input, establishing certification standards, and developing a reimbursement model for the implementation and sustainability of CCBHCs across the state.


Community Meetings

DMH is holding three community meetings in January to gather community insights on the system of mental health and substance use care in Vermont: what's working well, and what participants think could be changed or improved upon in the future. These conversations will be guided by a set of basic questions about the system of care, and participants are welcome to share as much or as little as they’d like. To begin each meeting, we'll provide a brief overview of the CCBHC model and the services it provides. Additionally, we'll ask participants to share their thoughts and feelings on the CCBHC services.

Meeting Details: 

Meeting #1 

Location: Waterbury Public Library – 28 N Main St Ste 2, Waterbury, VT 05676   

Date and time: Tuesday, January 9th, 6:00-7:30pm 

Meeting #2 

Location: Rutland Free Library - 10 Court St, Rutland, VT 05701 

Date and time: Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00-7:30pm 

Meeting #3

Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams 

Date and time: Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00-7:30pm 

Link: Click here to join meeting

Meeting ID: 260 571 584 173

Passcode: q3MC4T

    Vermont CCBHC Resources

    This webpage will provide updates and resources regarding DMH's work to the development of CCBHCs in Vermont. 

    If you would like to stay informed about the progress of this grant and opportunities to share your voice and experiences, please sign up for our listserv at this link.

    CCBHC Policy Academy Resources

    Session One: Certification (March 28, 2022)  

    Session Two: Prospective Payment Systems One (PPS1) and Two (PPS2) (May 19, 2022)

    Session Three: Quality Metrics (June 16, 2022)

    Session Four: Staffing and Workforce (July 21, 2022)

    Session Five: Access and Availability (August 18, 2022)

    Session Six: Scope of Services (September 15, 2022)

    Session Seven: Care Coordination (October 20, 2022) 

    Session Eight: Governance and Oversight (November 17, 2022)

    CCBHC Steering Committee Meetings

    Meeting #5 March 1, 2024

    Meeting #4 February 12, 2024

    Meeting #3 January 29, 2024

    Meeting #2 January 17, 2024

    Meeting #1 December 29, 2023