Gulf Bend Receives National Certification
Gulf Bend Center has been Certified by Texas Health and Human Services as a
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)
Victoria, Texas) -- Gulf Bend Center has been certified by Texas Health and Human Services as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). CCBHC is a new certification that enables Centers to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals. CCBHC’s are responsible for directly providing or contracting nine types of services, with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination, substance abuse and integration with physical health care.
CCBHC standards promote better access to high quality care for people with mental illness, those with substance use disorders, children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance and those with co-occurring mental, substance use or physical health disorders. The CCBHC model puts an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, culturally competent care for veterans, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and the advancement of the integration of behavioral health and physical health care.
As a CCBHC, the Center will provide a comprehensive collection of services needed to create access, stabilize people in crisis and provide the necessary treatment for those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The Center will integrate additional services to ensure an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care and physical-behavioral health integration. Comprehensive care includes, but is not limited to, the following:
· 24-hour crisis teams, emergency crisis intervention and crisis stabilization.
· Screening, assessment and diagnosis including risk assessment.
· Patient-centered treatment planning or similar processes, including risk assessment and crisis planning.
· Outpatient mental health and substance abuse services.
· Outpatient clinic primary care screening & monitoring of key health indicators and health risk.
· Targeted case management.
· Psychiatric rehabilitative services.
· Peer support, counseling services and family supports.
· Intensive, community based mental health care for members of the armed forces, veterans particularly those members and veterans located in rural areas.
Operating as a CCBHC improves care delivery and improves the overall health of the individuals we serve. Lauren Becker, the Center’s Director of Nursing, said “we are excited for the opportunities that this transformation of services brings to our community.”
The Center has been working on its certification process since 2019 so many new services are already available. To accommodate the expansion of services, and increase in customer volume, the Center plans to renovate the first floor of its building at 6502 Nursery Drive beginning this year. The Center will launch a Capital Campaign this Spring to help offset the costs.
About Gulf Bend Center
Gulf Bend Center is a regional provider of integrated behavioral health and intellectual & developmental disability services for Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Lavaca and Victoria Counties. The mission of the Center is to improve the quality of life in our community for individuals and their families by providing excellent and trusted care for wellness. The Center is also a Certified Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) which promotes better access to high quality care for people mental illness, those with substance use disorders, children and adolescents with an emotional disturbance and those with co-occurring mental, substance use or physical health disorders.
For more information visit GulfBend.org.