2022 Behavioral Health Public Policy Agenda

Strengthen and Enhance the Medicaid Safety Net Maintain support of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model in Kansas. The CCBHC model provides an integrated and sustainably financed model for care delivery. The model is designed to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals. In return, CCBHCs receive an enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rate, providing vital resources needed for workforce recruitment and retention. There are currently seven CCBHC grantees in Kansas. We appreciate the collaboration and strong working relationship with the State in establishing the certification and payment processes that will allow all CMHCs to transition to CCBHCs by 2025 and urge the State to maintain the momentum we’ve built to date.

Mental Health 2020 Press Release

Citing strong concerns about funding cuts to the community mental health system and the need for other system enhancements, the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas is proposing to state policy makers an initiative that will be known as Mental Health 2020.

KanCare Provider Cuts

A strong health care delivery system keeps Kansans healthy and provides value to our state’s economy. The health care sector is the 4th largest industry in Kansas and accounts for almost 12 percent of all job holders in the state. As such, the governor’s action to cut Medicaid provider reimbursement rates will not only create further stress on the current health care system, but will have a direct impact on the state’s economy.