Illinois DHS Division of Mental Health Recieves SAMHSA Award

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has awarded the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health a one year Certified Community Behavioral Health Center planning grant in the amount of $982,373. Illinois is one of 24 states to receive an award. The planning grants will be used to support the "certification of community behavioral health clinics, solicit input from stakeholders and establish a prospective payment system". In announcing the awards, SAMHSA noted that "the planning grants were authorized under Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 and are part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, utilize evidence-based practices on a more consistent basis, and improve access to high quality care". The Division of Mental Health will collaborate with the IDHS Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in this effort.