The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report on Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstrations. Four states assessed cost savings resulting from the CCBHC program. Missouri officials identified a 70% decrease in emergency room visits and hospitalizations after six months for beneficiaries who engaged in their CCBHC Emergency Room Enhancement program. In New York, CCBHCs reported that hospitalization and emergency room costs decreased by over 25% in the first year, aggregating savings of over $1 million in decreased hospitalizations and $100,000 in decreased emergency room visits per month. Oklahoma saw similar trends, reporting annual savings of over $2 million compared to Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). Beginning in October of 2021 and 2022, Michigan and Kentucky will join the CCBHC demonstration program.


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