Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Model Overview, Evolution and What’s Ahead

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At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be better able to:

  • Identify the six core areas of a CCBHC.
  • Describe what makes CCBHCs unique from traditional delivery models.
  • Dissect the most recent national data and outcomes of CCBHCs.


Presented by: Angela Schindler-Berg

Angela Schindler-BergAngela Schindler-Berg is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and has worked with primary care clinics and community-based mental health integrated care services for over 25 years. Angie received her Master of Science with Drake University in Rehabilitation Administration and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. She brings expertise in integrated care, mental health, care management, crisis intervention and trauma informed care.

Angie has worked on CMS/CMMI initiatives such as the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC+) and with SAMHSA on the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Initiative (PBHCI). She also sits on the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Nebraska Board and the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup.

Currently, Ms. Schindler-Berg supports the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Munroe Meyer Institute as a contracted Regional Trainer with the Region 7 Mid-America Mental Health Technical Transfer Center (MHTTC). She facilitates a collaborative network of supports, focusing on resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field.



Learn more about this series: Moving Towards Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Webinar Series



CCBHC: Understanding the National Landscape, the Model, and the Opportunities

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 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.    

CCBHCs: Why, Who, and How

Educational Objectives Articulate the mission of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) and how the services can meet the community need. Describe the implementation processes to build a robust service delivery model for whole person care. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team involved within a CCBHC and what resources are available to the persons served.   Presented by: Topher Hansen Topher started his career in the behavioral health field as a volunteer for the Drug Crisis Center in 1975. After a brief time as a counselor with CenterPointe, Topher attended law school and practiced law from 1985 to 1993. During his time in private practice, he also served as a CenterPointe Board member and as legal counsel for the organization. In 1993, he returned to the CenterPointe staff as Director of Development/Legal Counsel. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2000. Topher has served on numerous local and state committees to help develop Nebraska’s policies and delivery of behavioral health services. He is currently serving on the board of the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations and the National Council for Behavioral Health.   Learn more about this series: Moving Towards Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Webinar Series     
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