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Strengthening Partnerships with Community Mental Health Centers

Year Developed: 2023

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff

Language(s): English

Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Health Centers are more likely to serve persons with complex health and social needs than most primary care providers. Health Centers have been leaders nationally in the health equity movement, ensuring access to quality primary and integrated care for low-income communities. Learn more on why health centers partner with community mental health providers.

Resource Details: For persons with the most serious behavioral health disorders, health centers have developed increasing capacity in these integrated care teams. Health centers have also created referral networks with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) for the specialized behavioral health services (day programs, targeted case management, peer supports, recovery support services, supportive housing and supported employment services) that health centers may not offer.

Resource Topic: Quality, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Quality Improvement.

Keywords: Mental Health.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.