Nancy Baum on Medicaid funding for Certified Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)

October 19, 2021 | In The Media, State of Reform

State of Reform quoted Nancy Baum, health policy director for the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), in an article by Patrick Jones on funding for Certified Community Behavioral  Health Clinics (CCBHCs).

Published October 19, 2021, the article reports on a press conference announcing that thirteen Michigan CCBHCs will be fully funded by Medicaid in the same way that community health centers are funded for physical care.

Baum shared many advantages of this more sustainable revenue source. CCBHCs will no longer have to chase grants, they may have an easier time hiring health professionals because of improved job security, and they will be able to plan for the future.

Baum believes the funding will allow CCBHCs to plan to expand services and to create lasting, efficient teams.