Sen. Preston Announces Program to Expand Access to Mental Health Services

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Sen. Preston Announces Program to Expand Access to Mental Health Services (Chicago, IL) — State Senator Willie Preston announced several mental health centers across Chicago have been selected to participate in a federal program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use treatment.

“Mental and behavioral health care services should be a reality for all people in Illinois, regardless of ZIP code, and especially when someone is in crisis,” said Preston (D-Chicago). “This program has the potential to make real, tangible differences in our communities, particularly benefiting residents in underserved and high-need areas.”

Illinois has been selected as one of 10 states to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Medicaid Demonstration Program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use services. The program provides reimbursement through Medicaid for the full cost of services that CCBHCs provide, and at higher rates than what they previously received for Medicaid customers. This program is estimated to bring an additional $150 million into Illinois’ behavioral health system.

CCBHCs provide access to a range of services and care coordination through evidence-based practices and other supports based on a community needs assessment. This includes crisis services that are available 24/7. CCBHCs are also required to provide routine outpatient care within 10 business days.

The Human Resources Development Institute — with multiple locations in Chicago — was one of 19 mental health and substance use treatment providers across the state to participate in the demonstration program.

“I look forward to seeing how the Human Resources Development Institute and the other selected organizations will serve our communities and strengthen our health care services,” added Preston.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available by calling or texting 988, or via chat at 988lifeline.org. To learn how to get support for mental health or substance use issues, visit FindSupport.gov. Locate treatment providers by visiting FindTreatment.gov or calling 800-662-4357.

Sen. Preston Announces Program to Expand Access to Mental Health Services

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