LifeWorks NW’s participation in the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) demonstration project launched earlier this year.
CCBHCs are a vehicle for expanded access to intensive community-based services for individuals with untreated severe mental illness or addiction. Recent estimates indicate that only 43.1 percent of all people living with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and major clinical depression receive behavioral health care; the remainder are served in homeless shelters, Medicaid financed hospital emergency rooms, and penal institutions, which serve as the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the United States. Only 1 in 10 Americans with an addiction receive treatment in any given year. CCBHCs were established to fill the gap in unmet need and expand access to community- based treatment for these populations.
Oregon’s participation in the demonstration began in April 2017. In November 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health surveyed CCBHCs about the impact of their participation in the program to date; 48 of the 67 participating CCBHCs across the United States provided responses, including eight of the twelve CCBHCs in Oregon. This report highlights Oregon-specific impacts of the CCBHC demonstration project as of November 2017.