June 3, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 154


June 02, 2023

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

June 01, 2023

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

May 31, 2023

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

New SAMSHA Funding for Community Based Mental Health

As we emerge from the COVID health emergency, there is widespread agreement that Americans are suffering from inadequate access to mental health care.To shore up community mental health systems, on 23 March 2023, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new round of federal funding, including a grant program for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The application is available here.

The anticipated funding will be US$61.8 Million available to 62 grantees. This is a four-year grant program with funding of up to US$1 Million per year per grantee.

Time is short, as grant applications are due by 22 May 2023. This grant opportunity is only open to existing state-certified CCBHCs or CCBHCs that have successfully met all certification criteria under a prior SAMHSA expansion award, but as discussed below, there is an opportunity for non-CCBHCs to benefit from this funding. 

The grant application requires community-focused planning, and existing CCBHCs can provide services though subrecipients or through referrals to applicant partner agencies (referred to as “Designated Collaborating Organizations” (DCOs)). Unlike CCBHCs, DCOs can be for-profit entities, thus allowing CCBHCs to partner with community DCOs at a time when there is widespread agreement that access to mental health care is a pressing need. These DCOs must be licensed and have at least two years of experience (as of the due date of the application) in providing relevant services. The grant application guidelines provide that this experience must also include relevant experience over the last two years and that “[a] license from an individual clinician will not be accepted instead of a provider organization’s license.”3

“Our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages. Two out of five adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression. And, Black and Brown communities are disproportionately undertreated – even as their burden of mental illness has continued to rise. Even before the pandemic, rates of depression and anxiety were inching higher. But the grief, trauma, and physical isolation of the last two years have driven Americans to a breaking point.” FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce Strategy to Address Our National Mental Health Crisis, As Part of Unity Agenda in his First State of the Union, THE WHITE HOUSE (Mar. 1, 2022), https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/01/fact-sheet-president-biden-to-announce-strategy-to-address-our-national-mental-health-crisis-as-part-of-unity-agenda-in-his-first-state-of-the-union/ (Links to internal sources omitted.). 

See Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Improvement and Advancement Grant, SAMHSA (Mar. 23, 2023), https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-23-016.

3  See DEP’T OF HEALTH & HUM. SERVS., SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVS. ADMIN., FY 2023 CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC IMPROVEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT GRANT 23, https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/fy-2023-ccbhc-ia-nofo.pdf (last visited Mar. 28, 2023).

Copyright 2023 K & L GatesNational Law Review, Volume XIII, Number 89

About this Author

Carla DewBerry Healthcare and Corporate Tax Attorney K&L Gates Law Firm Seattle

Carla DewBerry practices in the areas of health care law; mergers and acquisitions; and federal, state and local tax. Carla represents health care clients in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, including related audits and litigation. In addition, she is an experienced tax and business counselor and represents clients in corporate restructurings, joint venture operations, licensing, and federal and state taxation matters. She provides counsel for clients outside the health care industry as well.

Carla's experience includes working as a...

Sarah L. Carlins Health Care K&L Gates Pittsburgh, PA
Of Counsel

Sarah Carlins is of counsel at the firm’s Pittsburgh office. She is a member of the health care practice group.

Primary Practice

  • Health Care

Secondary Practices

  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse (U.S.)