PermiaCare has been certified by Texas Health and Human Services as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). CCBHCis a new federal provider type administered by Texas to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals. CCBHCs are responsible for directly providing or contracting nine types of services, with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care.
The service selection expands the range of care available. PermiaCare as a CCBHC provides a comprehensive collection of services needed to create access, stabilize people in crisis and provide the necessary treatment for those with the most serious, complex mental illnesses and substance use disorders. As a CCBHC we integrate additional services to ensure an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care and physical-behavioral health integration. Comprehensive care includes, but is not limited to, the following criteria:
- 24/7/365 crisis services to help people stabilize in the most clinically appropriate, least restrictive, least traumatizing and most cost-effective settings.
- Immediate screening and risk assessment for mental health, addictions and basic primary care needs to ameliorate the chronic co-morbidities that drive poor health outcomes and high costs for those with behavioral health disorders.
- Easy access to care with criteria to assure a reduced wait time so those who need services can receive them when they need them, regardless of ability to pay or location of residence.
- Tailored care for active duty military and veterans to ensure they receive the unique health support essential to their treatment.
- Expanded care coordination with other health care providers, social service providers and law enforcement, with a focus on whole health and comprehensive access to a full range of medical, behavioral and supportive services.
- Commitment to peers and family, recognizing that their involvement is essential for recovery and should be fully integrated into care.
Certification as a CCBHC was a process that began in September of 2018 which involved research to understand the national and state standards, substantial revision of many of our operating policies and procedures, an education campaign for staff culminating in our recent CCBHC University, and a six month certification process administered by Texas and Health and Human Services. We are excited for the future opportunities being a CCBHC provides us to serve our communities and help those with mental illness and addiction issues.