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State of Reform: Statewide CCBHC model would facilitate whole-person care in Washington, advocates say

Washington certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) representatives believe the model can provide stability for a US mental health system that has faced numerous challenges over the past several decades. They discussed the benefits CCBHCs offer at the 2024 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Washington Council for Behavioral Health CEO Joan Miller said …

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Comprehensive Healthcare awarded $4 million CCBHC grant to expand behavioral health services in Yakima

Comprehensive Healthcare was recently awarded a $4 million, four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) services in Yakima County.  Comprehensive Healthcare plans to use the grant to increase access to primary health care, expedite substance use disorder (SUD) services to clients and …

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2024 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Recap  

As an advocacy coalition, we’re always looking for opportunities to enhance awareness of our key policy initiatives and highlight the solutions they represent to advancing Washington’s community behavioral health system.   State of Reform provides an exceptional platform for us to do just that – and this year’s Washington Health Policy Conference, held in Seattle in …

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Seattle Times: WA mental health providers say insurance reimbursement isn’t enough

December 21, 2023 In this article, Michelle Baruchman and the Seattle Times Mental Health Project team outline the difficulties behavioral health providers face to sustainably fund mental health services while keeping care accessible. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the piece, which highlights how Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) will advance community behavioral …

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Advocacy in Action: Recapping State of Reform’s 2023 Inland Northwest Health Policy Conference 

In September, Fourfront Contributor participated in State of Reform’s Inland Northwest Health Policy Conference in Spokane, connecting with other healthcare leaders, lawmakers and policy experts to highlight the most pressing issues across the spectrum of behavioral health and medical services.  Tom Sebastian, CEO of Compass Health and member of Fourfront Contributor, joined Jane Beyer, senior …

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Comprehensive Healthcare secures CCBHC grant to expand behavioral health programs in Walla Walla 

September 25, 2023 – Washington’s community behavioral health system continues to face unsustainable pressures. Systemic funding issues have resulted in record workforce shortages impacting access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment for low-income individuals and families and other vulnerable community members.   Fortunately, this past legislative session, the Washington state legislature included a 15% …

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Remembering Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health and member of Fourfront Contributor 

Fourfront Contributor is deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health, and a deeply respected colleague and member of our organization.   A champion of behavioral health, Jeff dedicated his entire career to improving access to care across Washington state, especially in the Spokane region. In the more …

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National Conversations Surrounding Mental Health

July 28, 2023 – This week, the federal government announced a proposed rule change to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, intended to improve access to mental health services by addressing barriers to care – including cost of treatment and accessibility of services. As community behavioral health providers, we understand that both mental …

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Frontier Behavioral Health Thanks State Leaders 

July 13, 2023 Recently, Frontier Behavioral Health (FBH) leadership and staff came together with luminaries in Spokane, Wash., to personally thank Washington State Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, Reps. Marcus Riccelli, Timm Ormsby and Leonard Christian as well as Senator Mike Padden and other state leaders for their historic support for community behavioral health.   In …

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2023 Washington State Legislative Session Recap 

June 1, 2023 The 2023 Washington state legislative session has concluded, and we want to thank legislators for approving increases in Medicaid and non-Medicaid rates for community behavioral health. This funding is crucial for us to continue providing essential mental health services and substance use treatment to our communities, maintaining access to care as we …

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