The Baker Administration announced the selection of community based behavioral health organizations to bring online 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs) that will expand access to routine, urgent and crisis treatment for mental health conditions and substance use disorders starting in January 2023.
This is a key milestone in the implementation of the Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform and the Administration’s commitment to improving access to behavioral health for residents of the Commonwealth. Also in January 2023, the Commonwealth will launch a 24/7 Behavioral Health Helpline that will provide clinical assessment, triage and referral to treatment, including deploying 24/7 mobile crisis intervention teams operated by Community Behavioral Health Centers.
The designated Community Behavioral Health Centers will provide same-day evaluation and referral to treatment, evening and weekend hours, timely follow-up appointments, and evidence-based behavioral health treatment, in person at their community-based locations and via telehealth. The statewide network of Community Behavioral Health Centers will deliver 24/7 community-based mobile crisis intervention and stabilization, as an alternative to hospital emergency departments. These Centers will serve all ages and all communities across the Commonwealth.
The following providers have been selected for designation as Community Behavioral Health Centers:
Full details on Community Behavioral Health Centers can be found here.