Seven Counties Services, a behavioral health nonprofit, has been designated a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, which will expand access to its services.

This distinction of CCBHC will entirely fund Seven Counties — a dollar amount Abby Drane, CEO, couldn’t name specifically because it will cover all of its operations. It also allows Seven Counties to reduce barriers to health care access. This includes insurance limitations or financial or transportation issues.

The program is made possible by federal funding, administered by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid services. CCBHCs are prescribed through the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Though it did previously receive funding from the state and other grants, Seven Counties Services was operating as a fee-for-service provider, taking insurance or Medicaid. But that model could be limiting, said Alison Howard, principal social worker and supervisor at Seven Counties, preventing some patients from getting all the care they needed.

Now the distinction allows patients to receive the care they need that isn’t covered by their insurance at no cost to them. The program allows patients to receive thorough physical and mental health screenings to see how the two affect each other.

Read full article by Laurel Deppen  in Louisville Business First.