Why We Need Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Despite the opioid crisis leading to the deaths of more than 70,000 Americans by drug overdoses, only one in 10 Americans with an addiction receives treatment.

Over 7 million opioid pills were prescribed in Muskogee County in 2017—enough for every man, woman, and child in the county to each receive 100 pills.

Many Oklahomans have had personal experience with the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, a successful pilot program in Oklahoma that has provided assistance for those in need of mental and addiction care runs out of funding at the end of the month.

In 2014, Congress enacted the bipartisan Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration as a part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act.

The CCBHC pilot program was created to fill the gap of unmet needs in addiction and mental health care during a trial period for eight states, including Oklahoma.



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