New Opportunities for Behavioral Health Expansion

On Tuesday, December 10th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plans to provide $50 million to help Community Health Centers establish or expand their behavioral health services for people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This funding opportunity, slated for release in 2014 and made available through the Affordable Care Act, will allow approximately 200 Community Health Centers across the country to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment services to their current service array. These funds, dispersed though HRSA, will offer new opportunities to ensure access to integrated primary and behavioral health services through primary care and may support behavioral health co-location, resource sharing, and other partnership opportunities for behavioral health providers. 

To learn more about HHS’ Fiscal Year 2014 budget, click here.