Places for People recently received a two-year, $3.8 million federal grant to expand access to behavioral health services for people who are uninsured and underinsured in the St. Louis region.
The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grant awarded by SAMHSA will allow Places for People to serve an additional 745 people seeking behavioral health services in the next two years through the organization’s outpatient therapy, substance use, and youth and family services programs.
Only 25 grants were awarded nationally. Places for People was the only organization in Missouri to receive a grant under this program. The purpose of SAMHSA’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants is to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services through the expansion of CCBHCs.
The grant will cover the salaries for 24 full-time employees, including 18 new positions in a range of disciplines. Among the new positions will be a benefits specialist who will be dedicated to helping people who are uninsured obtain health insurance.
Places for People became the only CCBHC to serve St. Louis City and County in July 2017. Missouri is one of eight states participating in the CCBHC pilot project. CCBHC Expansion Grants were awarded to organizations in states that are participating in the CCBHC program, or had applied to be in the program.