RI leaders announce $40.7 million to expand behavioral and mental health services

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Senator Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Congressmen Seth Magazine and Gabe Amo, announced today that Rhode Island will receive $40.7 million in federal funding over the next two years to increase access to behavioral and mental health care Services to improve.

According to a press release, the funding will be administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center Program, or CCBHC.

The release stated that the CCBHC model provides integrated mental health, substance abuse disorders, behavioral health and medical care, as well as 24/7 access to crisis intervention services.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics strive to quickly treat every patient in need of care, regardless of diagnosis or insurance status.

According to the press release, the state received a $1 million planning grant to lay the groundwork for expanding the CCBHC demonstration program.

The federal funds were made available under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a major public safety and mental health care package that Senators Reed and Whitehouse helped pass in 2022 and was signed into law by President Joe Biden.