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Michigan's Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to get budget boost

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Part of Governor Whitmer’s fiscal year 2025 budget includes nearly $250 million for behavioral health services for Michigan families

Of that $250 million, over $193 million will be used to help fund Michigan’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, or CCBHCs. These clinics are non-profit or local government agencies that are federally required to provide specific behavioral health services such as 24/7 mobile crisis response and medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse disorders.

Funds from the governor’s budget will be used to expand the number of sites and establish more support, including expanded access to behavioral health support and services for up to 50,000 additional Michigan residents.

Currently, there are 30 CCBHCs in Michigan’s Medicaid demonstration project, including one at Network 180 in Kent County, as well as several other organizations that currently receive federal grant funding to establish clinics that provide those services.

According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Elizabeth Hertel, the CCBHC model has shown to substantially increase access to numerous behavioral health services by serving all individuals with a behavioral health diagnosis, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

In 2023, 13 Medicaid-funded CCBHC’s provided services to approximately 75,000 unique individuals across the state; 30% were children and young adults, while 70% were adults.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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