CCBHC Planning Grant

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) grant is a one-year planning grant awarded to the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) by SAMHSA (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in October 2015. The grant is intended to assist states in improving the behavioral health of their citizens through high-quality, coordinated, community-based mental health and substance use disorder services built on evidence-based practices and integration of physical health care services.

The grant includes the collaboration of Iowa Department of Human Services – Mental Health and Disability Services and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise along with Iowa Department of Public Health. The agencies have formed a governance team to oversee grant activities. These activities include participation in monthly planning groups with SAMHSA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that focus on clinic certification, prospective payment system (PPS), statewide coordination and data collection. The governance team will hold quarterly meetings with a stakeholder advisory committee and submit an application to SAMHSA for a two year demonstration grant.

SAMHSA is working with CMS and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in implementing the CCBHC grant. Additional information and resources can be found at:

For more information, contact:

Laura Larkin, Executive Officer 2
Iowa Department of Human Services
Division of Mental Health and Disability Services
Bureau of Community Services & Planning
1305 E. Walnut Street, 5th Floor SE
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114
Phone: 515-564-4166