Governor Walker's Mental Health Reform Package
Program: Expansion of Comprehensive Community Services (CCS)
Implementation Date: July 2014
Governorís Proposal: The Governorís plan expands the use of
Comprehensive Community Services statewide. In addition, the budget will
provide state funding for current programs, saving counties with CCS
programs over $6 million.
Status: The expansion of CCS was approved with
modifications as part of 2013 Act 20. The Department of Health Services
is required to submit a report by March 1, 2014 with information on how
the benefit will be implemented. It also places the funding in the Joint
Finance Committee's appropriation and requires DHS to submit a request
for the release of the funds under a 14 day passive review.
Function/Description: Comprehensive Community Services is a
publicly operated program for adults and children with mental illness.
Most services are provided in home and/or in the community as opposed to
a clinicianís office. What makes it unique is that each community bases
its behavioral services on local resources and need. CCS is considered a psychosocial rehabilitation service and is
reimbursable via Medicaid.
Funding for expanding Comprehensive Community Services
Background: Typical CCS service plans include a mix of access
to and maintenance of, psychiatric medication, counseling and supportive
education, mental health psychotherapy, and case management service. The
program also allows for residential services, and other evidence-based
mental health and substance abuse treatment. As a result of the CCS
programs there has been reduced psychiatric hospitalizations, improved
primary health care outcomes, improved familial and social
relationships, access to meaningful employment, and improved reports of
overall life satisfaction. In 2011, 1,469 Wisconsin residents were
served by Comprehensive Community Services.
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Last Revised: October 01, 2013