CHICAGO – State Senator Lakesia Collins announced two area mental health centers have been selected for a federal program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use treatment.

“These investments will help bring resources to the quality mental health providers in our communities,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “The organizations selected will be able to provide more mental health resources to their patients and ensure our community can access the help they need, regardless of their financial status.”

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program provides reimbursement through Medicaid for the full cost of services that CCBHCs provide at higher rates than what they previously received for Medicaid customers. This program is estimated to bring an additional $150 million into Illinois’ behavioral health system. CCBHCs provide access to a range of services and care coordination through evidence-based practices and other supports based on a community needs assessment. This includes crisis services that are available 24/7. CCBHCs are also required to provide routine outpatient care within 10 business days.

Local organizations selected for the program include Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Human Resources Development Institute.

Residents struggling or in crisis can access help by calling or texting 988, or via chat at 988lifeline.org. To learn how to get support for mental health or substance use issues, visit FindSupport.gov. Locate treatment providers by visiting FindTreatment.gov or calling 800-662-HELP (4357).