Panel Discussion: Transforming Mental Health Care with Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Nov 14, 2023 | Mental Health | 0 comments

December 15, 2023
9:30-11:30 a.m. PT


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We are excited to invite you to a groundbreaking panel discussion, “Transforming Mental Health Care with Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs),” on December 15, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PT. This event, presented by Susan Loughery, Associate Executive Director at Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, and Heidi Christensen, Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will explore the innovative model of CCBHCs and their significant impact on mental health and substance use treatment across the nation.


Susan Loughery, MBA

Associate Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton

A pioneer health leader in integrating CCBHCs in New Jersey, Susan has more than 20 years of experience in community behavioral health and human services. She was also instrumental in introducing a statewide innovative behavioral health integrated service.


Heidi Christensen, MTS

Public Affairs Specialist, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Heidi is a champion of the comprehensive behavioral healthcare delivery model. She leads efforts to strengthen the capacity of faith and community organizations and coordinates coalitions addressing critical health issues nationwide. Heidi is also the creator of the Opioid Crisis Practical Toolkit for Faith and Community.


Why You Should Attend

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading the transformation of mental health and substance use treatment nationwide, investing in robust community outpatient mental health treatment through CCBHCs. These clinics serve as a hub for comprehensive behavioral health care delivery, providing sustainable funding and a crucial coordination point for navigating behavioral health care, physical health care, and social services..


Key Points

  • Over 500 CCBHCs operate 24/7, providing crisis services.
  • A recent $130 million investment is focused on expanding the model.
  • Remarkable validated data shows decreased homelessness, emergency room visits, and substance use with CCBHCs.


Panel Discussion Details

  • December 15, 2023, 9:30 a.m. PST -11:30 a.m.
  • Registration Link:
  • 9:30 a.m. PT: Stakeholder Health leaders welcome attendees and introduce the program and speakers.
  • 9:35 a.m. PT: Heidi shares the work of mental healthcare delivery models in faith-based settings and sets the stage for CCBHCs as critical partners.
  • 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. PT: Susan provides an overview of the CCBHC model, especially how it functions as a “designated collaborative model” and shares validated data that meets HEDIS measures (and more).
  • 10:15 a.m. PT – Close: Q & A and Discussion

We look forward to seeing you at this webinar.

Dora Barilla, DrPH, Stakeholder Health Co-Chair

Gary Gunderson, DMin, MDiv, Stakeholder Health Co-Chair

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