RHD’s Lower Merion Counseling Services representatives from Sen. Casey’s office to discuss CCBHC grant

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(From left) Kelly Clarke, director of RHD's Lower Merion Counseling Services, and RHD Community Relations Director Deneene Brockington host Lara Flynn, regional representative for Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Robert Casey at LMCS

RHD’s Lower Merion Counseling Services (LMCS) recently hosted Lara Flynn, a regional representative for Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey. Flynn visited LMCS on June 30 to learn more about how LMCS is expanding and improving behavioral health services with the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration grant.

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The CCBHC grant was given to only eight states, and last December, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant to RHD’s Lower Merion Counseling Services for the groundbreaking two-year demonstration plan. The goals of the demonstration plan are threefold: to better integrate behavioral health with physical health; to increase consistent use of evidence-based practices; and to improve access to high quality care for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

LMCS awarded CCBHC grant

RHD is among the first nonprofit organizations in the nation to participate in a new program aimed at improving behavioral health services, with the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration grant at RHD’s Lower Merion Counseling Services

Offering effective services for more than 40 years, LMCS is a community-based outpatient mental health treatment center which provides comprehensive therapeutic mental health and drug and alcohol services to individuals, families and groups.

Flynn met with the LMCS team, including program director Kelly Clarke and RHD Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Dennis Roberts, for a productive discussion regarding the components of the new behavioral health service model and the positive impact the CCBHC grant will have on the individuals LMCS serves. Flynn also spoke about Senator Casey’s commitment to improved behavioral health care services and the importance of supporting programs that lead to better care and healthier people.