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RCPA member Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) hosted the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra for a roundtable discussion on children’s mental health and the impact of community violence on the afternoon of Friday, July 15, 2022. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Ala Stanford, who is the Regional Director for HSS, responsible for all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Dr. Stanford is a practicing physician and the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, which focuses on testing and vaccinating Philadelphia residents against COVID-19.

Xavier Becerra is the 25th Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the United States. Secretary Becerra was in Philadelphia to promote the launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), which is a network of more than 200 state and local call centers.

“CCTC was proud to be chosen as the organization the Secretary visited. It was wonderful to share with him the work that is being done in Philadelphia around children’s mental health services and highlight the impactful work CCTC provides in our centers, community, and schools,” said Antonio Valdés, Chief Executive Officer at CCTC.

Message from The Council for Mental Wellbeing:

988 — the new, nationwide three-digit number for crisis response and mental health crisis care — is going live on July 16. Are you ready?

In early 2022, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in co-sponsorship with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), worked with partners across critical sectors to develop 988 Implementation Guidance Playbooks. These playbooks are designed to help programs and providers prepare for and implement 988-related services.

Join us on Wednesday, July 6, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET for an in-depth overview of the playbooks. We’ll share strategies for implementation, case studies, and other resources and outline SAMHSA’s five-year plan for the continued implementation and enhancement of 988 and other services across the crisis continuum.

Following the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the overarching vision of 988 as a resource for everyone and identify how 988 is different from other systems.
  • Outline SAMSHA’s five-year plan for 988 and the Crisis Continuum.
  • Identify SAMHSA’s success criteria for its five-year plan.
  • Identify examples of programs that have successfully implemented workforce and financing solutions related to 988 and the crisis continuum.
  • Have a better understanding of the bi-directional impacts of states and providers and how they can work together to help solve each other’s challenges.


  • Chuck Ingolia, MSW, President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • John Palmieri, M.D., MHA, Senior Medical Advisor, SAMHSA; Acting Director, 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office
  • Brian Hepburn, M.D., Executive Director, NASMHPD

Register today!

*CEU credits are not available for this session, but attendees will be able to download a letter of attendance during the evaluation after the webinar is complete. 

This webinar is supported by funding from SAMHSA.

Closed captioning is available for this webinar.

As reported by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the Senate last night passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, critical legislation to dramatically increase funding for mental health programs and reduce the threat and incidence of violence in America.

Introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the bill provides funding to increase access to mental health and substance use services, notably through expanding Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) nationwide. This will connect considerably more people to lifesaving care, while helping support and grow the mental health and substance use treatment workforce.

The bill also includes aid to broaden access to telehealth services and mental health awareness programs, such as Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and provides additional funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ahead of next month’s 988 implementation, which will help save lives and provide needed support to strengthen the capacity of our crisis care system.

Given the speed the bill is moving, the National Council created an excellent initial analysis of the bill and its potential impact.

Key provisions include:

  • Expanding the CCBHC program to allow any state or territory the opportunity to apply to participate in the demonstration and allocating additional planning grant monies for states to develop proposals to participate;
    • Starting in July 2024, and every two years thereafter, 10 additional states will be selected to join the demonstration.
    • The eight original demonstration sites will be extended until September 2025, and the two newer demo states (Kentucky and Michigan) are extended to six years after their program launch.
  • $250 million for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant;
  • $120 million in additional funding for mental health awareness training programs;
  • $150 million in additional funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for FY 2022; and
  • New requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide guidance to states on how they can increase access to care via telehealth under Medicaid and CHIP, including strategies related to training and providing resources for providers and patients.

If you have questions, please contact your RCPA Policy Director.

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RCPA hopes that you found the National Council on Mental Wellbeing’s Hill Day at Home 2022 a valuable experience. This year’s focus supported the initiatives that are affecting our organizations and delivery of services to vulnerable consumers across Pennsylvania and our nation.

Be sure to check out the overview from Hill Day at Home 2022 that outlines the issues, impacts, strategies, and “The Ask” from our legislators and stakeholders. These include:

  • Fulfilling the Promise of 988;
  • Support for the Expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs);
  • Curbing the Nation’s Substance Use Crisis; and
  • Addressing the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Workforce in America.

RCPA will continue to collaborate with the National Council and our members to advocate for these and other critical initiatives.

If you have any questions, please contact your RCPA Policy Director.