NCBHS Awarded Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHS) Grant

NCBHS received ccbhc grant

We are pleased to announce that North Central Behavioral Health Systems received the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHS) grant, a significant achievement that will allow our organization to enhance our behavioral health service offerings and extend our continuum of care for the community.

CCBHC Grant to Establish New Services in LaSalle County

The grant will play a crucial role in establishing a few crucial new services, including:

  • Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic: for individuals experiencing mild or moderate psychiatric distress or crisis. The goal of the urgent clinic will be to reduce the reliance on hospitals and emergency rooms for behavioral health-related concerns while helping clients obtain linkage to services and resources.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and Recovery (MAT): for individuals experiencing opioid or alcohol use disorders in need of medication to abstain from use and engage in treatment.
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR): for adults with serious mental illness, individual and group interventions to help support recovery, gain skills, overcome symptoms, and obtain vocational goals.

Enhanced Services Already Offered at NCBHS

As a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, NCBHS will also expand and enhance our comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Primary care screening and linkage
  • Psychiatry services
  • Evidence-based therapy for all ages, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TI-CBT), moral recognition therapy (MRT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • Peer support and care coordination services involving nurses and other professionals
  • Monitoring of behavioral health and physical health conditions
  • Expansion and Enhancement of the Crisis System of Care

Jodi Mahoney, President and CEO of NCHBS stated, “Being the recipient of this award will allow NCBHS to provide a comprehensive range of services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), adults with serious mental illness (SMI), and people with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring disorders (COD) within the LaSalle County area.”

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the following organizations and individuals who collaborated with us during the application process and wrote letters of support:

  • Jon Evans, CEO, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry
  • Dawn Trompeter, President of OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center/Saint Paul Medical Center
  • Dr. Trilok Shaw, Impact Psychiatry
  • LaSalle County 708 Board
  • Illinois Department of Mental Health Services
  • Tri-West Consultants
  • Community Behavioral Healthcare Association
  • Illinois Association of Behavioral Health

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the 4-year grant, NCBHS anticipates it will provide additional behavioral health care to 2,500 children, youth, and adults and provide 13 additional employment opportunities.

We are excited about this opportunity to fill service gaps and provide comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, and person-centered behavioral health services to meet CCBHC requirements.

“NCBHS is excited to work with our collaborating partners of OSF Healthcare System, InnovaTel, and InTouch Psychiatry to continue our efforts in assuring healthcare gaps within the Illinois Valley Region are being addressed in a sustainable and responsible manner,” said Mahoney.

We will begin the development and implementation process starting next month and expect to have the program fully running next year.