Leaders of mental health centers in eight states are sweating over the looming loss of federal funding for a Medicaid demonstration that enables them to offer a broad array of coordinated services for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
Funding cutoff looms for model mental health clinics
Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the original sponsors of the CCBHC demonstration program, say they plan to reintroduce a bill to renew it for one year and expand it to 11 additional states, including California and Texas. That funding, estimated at $520 million, was left out of the opioid treatment bill signed by President Donald Trump in October due to concerns about the opioid package's $8.4 billion price tag.
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