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Certified Community-Based integrated Health Centers (CCBHCs)

Front of a brick building. Text that reads "CCBHC".

*SPECIAL NOTE: The SAMHSA federal guidelines refer to the program initiative as “CCBHC: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.” However, the term “behavioral health” does not align with DMH values. Therefore, in partnership with state government departments and the Vermont CCBHC Steering Committee, the name “Certified Community-Based Integrated Health Centers” has been selected as the CCBHC program title in Vermont. This name reflects ongoing integration efforts across the state. 


Certified Community-Based integrated Heath Centers (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.

*In March of 2024, DMH and VDH received a one-year no-cost extension to the CCBHC Planning Grant until March of 2025. Throughout the extension period, DMH and VDH intend to prioritize strengthening the certification process, conducting research on rate-setting methodologies, analyzing the financial implications for the state, and planning for the certification of additional sites across Vermont.*




    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 #6 April 29, 2024

    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