OP-ED: CONGRESS MUST SAVE PROGRAMS THAT EASE ACCESS TO INTEGRATED CARE
In an article by NJ Spotlight, it covers the status of CCBHC’s funding regarding the extensions for the program which the deadline was set for the end of June 2019.
Unless Congress acts quickly, funding for Community Based Behavioral Health and Addiction Services will end, limiting the access to care for thousands of individuals in crisis. New Jersey and 7 other states, participated in the CCBHC pilot program which was scheduled to expire on June 30th 2019.
The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act S.824/H.R.1767 would expand the CCBHC program to 11 new states and add two more years of critical funding for the eight states participating in the CCBHC program”. CCBHCs are proven to save money by integrating primary and behavioral healthcare and treatment services. CarePlus NJ has seen an increase of 10,000 individuals in the past year in Bergen County. Cut funding would lead to significant program closures, and 3,000 layoffs of medical staff. Without continued funding 67% of CCBHCs will be forced to close their doors to new patients. The CCBHC model is proven effective and it saves lives and Congress needs to act fast.