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This session will provide a history and overview of the CCBHC model at the national level. The presenter will speak to the requirements of the CCBHC model and highlight partnerships, innovative practices, and early outcomes of the model.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the National model for a certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) including the types of mental health and substance use services.
  • Discuss CCBHC requirements involving staffing, accessibility and scope of services, care coordination, and organization authority.
  • Identify ways the health care team can engage and develop valuable partnerships and innovative activities to help improve community mental health centers.


Presented By: Renee Boak, MPH


Renee Boak, MPHRenee Boak serves as a consultant for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and specializes in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) implementation for clinics. She provides consulting on the integration of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, implementation of primary care clinics in a community mental health setting, population health management and sustainability.

Boak has experience implementing a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion grant as well applying for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) look-a-like status. Working with CCBHC programs has given her opportunities to engage in innovative practices, such as development of a pilot program to support individuals who are managing diabetes in a community mental health setting and has allowed her to engage in sustainability work through alternative payment methodologies.

Prior to joining the National Council, Boak worked for an organization in Oregon that participated in the two-year demonstration period and was a recipient of a CCBHC Expansion grant.