Sen. Marshall Announces Funds for Wichita Certified Community Behavior Health Clinic
(Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. recently announced five certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) in Kansas will receive more than $19 million provided under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. COMCARE of Sedgwick County received $4 million in funding.
“Increasing Kansans’ access to behavioral health services is absolutely vital,” said Senator Marshall. “The public health emergency has heightened needs as people struggle with isolation and stress, so it is more important than ever to ensure our communities have mental health resources for their residents.”
Funding was provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to expand patient access to mental health and addiction treatment services. Specifically, CCBHCs provide crisis care, residential treatment, medications for serious mental illness, outpatient mental health and primary care services, and community re-entry support.
CCBHCs have proven to reduce hospital emergency services by providing timely access to coordinated care, and they have also provided aid to local law enforcement agencies by providing 24 hour mental health crisis response.
The 2021 Report of the Special Committee on Kansas Mental Health Modernization Reform listed funding and accessibility for certified community behavioral health clinics as a top priority to improve integrated care for mental illness or substance use disorders.
Other CCBHCs awarded in Kansas receiving funding are:
- Wyandotte Center, Kansas City, $3,998,058
- Horizons Mental Health Center, Hutchinson, $3,033,079
- SEK Health Services, Humboldt, $3,999,486
- Central Kansas Mental Health Center, Salina, $4,000,000