Awarded a SAMHSA Grant to become Vermont’s first CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic)

Clara Martin Center awarded $3.87 million SAMHSA Grant to become a certified community behavioral health clinic

The Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Clara Martin Center a two-year, $3.87 million demonstration grant in support of their proposal to become the first community mental health agency in Vermont to be designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).  With this award, CCBHC’s have now expanded to 340 agencies across 40 states bringing increased access to integrated and evidenced-based behavioral health care to those in need.  Providing behavioral health and substance use services since 1966, Clara Martin Center is a certified Vermont Care Partners Center of Excellence and one of the ten designated agencies through the State of Vermont community mental health system.

 The goal of a CCBHC is to increase access to, and improve the quality of, community mental health and substance use disorder treatment including in-person and family-centered integrated services. 

“We are both honored and excited to bring this opportunity to the greater
Orange County area. Our team is ready to build upon our current infrastructure
and work in collaboration with our community partners to offer an expanded
array of high quality, accessible mental health and substance use disorder
treatment services to this region. We look forward to the years ahead and how
this demonstration grant will positively impact our area.”

Melanie Gidney, Executive Director, Clara Martin Center

“Congratulations to the Clara Martin Center on receiving this federal grant and
becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic,” said Senator Bernie
Sanders, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and a
senior member of the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee. “The
COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and worsened so many struggles
experienced by Vermonters in every walk of life, including those in need of
mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Now, more than ever, we
must create a federal government that works for all people, not just those at
the top. I will keep fighting in Washington to make health care a right of all
people in this country, and to ensure local organizations like the Clara Martin
Center have the resources necessary to help all Vermonters get the care and
support they need.”

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., congratulated Clara Martin Center for securing the highly competitive grant award, and thanked its providers for working to reach more rural Vermonters who need treatment and support for substance use disorders and mental health emergencies.

“While much of our recent attention has been focused on the economic
challenges brought on by this pandemic, we know that there are still far too
many people who are struggling in isolation, and we must do all that we can to
get them the help they need,” Leahy said. “As Chairman of the Senate
Appropriations Committee, I am committed to funding these critical programs
and I am grateful for the work of Clara Martin Center in meeting the challenge.”

Senator Patrick Leahy

“Congratulations to Clara Martin Center, on this incredible achievement! Clara
Martin Center is a member of Vermont Care Partners (VCP). VCP, a network of
16 community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use disorder,
and intellectual and developmental services and supports, has made accessible,
high quality services a high priority over the years. All the agencies are
committed to an integrated delivery system with more than 50% of services
provided in the community where people live, work, and play. As a leader in
this field, we know CMC will share in best practice and lessons learned in this
CCBHC grant process enabling all VCP agencies to continue to enhance their
efforts throughout the state”.

Simone Rueschemeyer, Executive Director, Vermont Care Network/Vermont Care

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