Input needed State Health Clinic meeting | Central Region Communication Forum Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Department of Human Services (DHS) was recently awarded a planning grant that will assist us with the creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant will allow us to determine how CCBHCs fit into system redesign efforts, and support our efforts to improve the behavioral health of Pennsylvanians by providing community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

CCBHCs will serve adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance and individuals with substance use disorders. The clinics will provide intensive, person-centered, multidisciplinary, evidence-based screen, assessment, diagnostics, treatment, prevention and wellness services. This grant will allow Pennsylvania to develop an application to participate as a demonstration state which will help us further bridge the gap between physical and behavioral health and enable us to treat all health issues equally and comprehensively. This approach builds trust with those we serve and the result will be better outcomes and better health.

DHS invites you to attend one of the four regional CCBHC communication forums. This will be an open forum to gain input from our stakeholders and provide an opportunity to voice questions, comments and concerns regarding the CCBHC process.

Northeast Region Communication Forum
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 1-4PM
Location: OMHSAS Field Office, 100 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA

Central Region Communication Forum
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time: 1-4PM
Location: County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP), 2789 Old Post Road, Harrisburg, PA

Southeast Region Communication Forum
Date and location to be determined.

Western Region Communication Forum
Date and location to be determined.

We will distribute the dates and locations for the Southeast and Western Region communication forums as soon as they are confirmed. If you would like to attend, please email your RSVP to with the following information: name, agency (if applicable), email address and which forum you plan on attending.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

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