Category Archives: Housing and Homelessness

Governor Signs Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers

April 11 – Governor signs AB 847 (Mullin) – Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers

  • 30% increase in federal matching funds for outpatient behavioral health
  • Improved and streamlined way to receive federal funds
  • Counties must elect to participate and be certified by state
  • State must be selected as a participating state; odds are good that this will happen
  • Lots of work between now and October 31 Deadline for submittal of the state plan

AB 847 appropriates $1 million to enable DHCS to develop a California proposal to participate in the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC) program.

California is one of 24 states receiving a planning grant in October 2015 to develop a proposal to submit in October of 2016. Under current federal law, eight states will be selected to begin a two year demonstration program. These programs will show that increased federal investment in outpatient behavioral health will pay for itself in reduced physical health and behavioral health inpatient and other costs.

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Hot Legislative Topics in January 2016: Housing and School Mental Health

(January 25, 2016)

A Lot More in Housing than Just the Prop 63 $2 Billion Bond Proposal

Housing has centered on the $2 Billion Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Darrell Steinberg that was presented together with a proposal to have local pilot programs to house other homeless people through new state funds as well as an increase in the SSI/SSP benefit for people who are disabled.

Besides that proposal, the governor’s budget reinforced the need to increase the SSI/SSP benefit and proposed funding to cities, counties and providers to provide housing and services for people coming out of state prison.

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