What is it?
Community-based behavioral health care organizations provide services that address both the clinical and non-clinical needs that impact behavioral health outcomes. This care is a critical component to achieve comprehensive, quality behavioral health care, especially for patients of color and those with low incomes and/or high-acuity needs. This care often involves an interdisciplinary team of behavioral health professionals and para-professionals, including peer specialists, social workers, care advocates, and case management workers.
There are two categories of community-based behavioral health organizations.
1. Organizations dedicated to meeting non-clinical needs. They provide peer support, housing, employment, and other supported living services to those with behavioral health conditions. A prime example would be Clubhouses, which are entities that give patients a space to connect with peers and focus on psychosocial rehabilitation together.
2. Organizations that provide clinical behavioral health care alongside non-clinical support. For example, Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) are specifically designated clinics that provide a comprehensive range of behavioral health services. In tandem with clinical care, they are required to provide access to targeted case management, patient centered treatment planning, peer services, and family support. There are over 450 CCBHCs operating in over 46 states as of 2022.