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-Offering enhanced care and services to the community-

Aurora Mental Health Center (AUMHC) can now boast that it is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), based on the standards defined by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Aurora Mental Health Center was one of only two Colorado agencies in 2020 awarded a prestigious $4 million grant from SAMHSA. This grant, which runs through April 2022, allows Aurora Mental Health to further develop and implement best practices and elevate the standard of care across all areas of operation.

SAMHSA has reviewed AUMHC’s attestation and determined that it meets all criteria to become designated as a CCBHC. The attestation is an internal audit, or checklist, to provide documentation and description of how we currently meet, or plan to meet, all 100+ CCBHC criteria. The attestation included a narrative description of policies, processes, workflows related to each criteria, as well as a reference to specific policy documents. The attestation outlines AUMHC’s scope of care and the infrastructure and operations that support it.

CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered, integrated services. The CCBHC Expansion grant program must provide community access to services – including 24/7 crisis intervention services for people who have serious mental illness (SMI) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorders; for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and for people who have co-occurring mental and substance disorders (COD). SAMHSA expects that this program will provide comprehensive, 24/7 access to community based mental and SUD services; treatment of COD; and physical health care in a single location.

“Community-based hubs for behavioral health care are critical to both an individual’s and a community’s quality of life, and the current pandemic has significantly increased the need for these types of comprehensive services,” said Dr. Kelly Phillips-Henry, CEO for Aurora Mental Health Center. “As we continue to meet the needs of people with mental and substance use disorders, this grant allows us to improve access to care, enhance our services with investments in technology, training, data-driven performance monitoring and create an overall improved client experience.”