Community Behavioral Health

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Community Behavioral Health (often initialized as CBH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coporation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a behavioral health Medicaid managed care organization, CBH is contracted by the city of Philadelphia to manage the delivery and payment of mental health and substance use services to Philadelphia's Medicaid recipients.[1] It is a component of and works in tandem with the city's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).[2]

History and Operations

CBH was founded in 1997 and has grown steadily since that time.[3] In 2017, over 700,000 Philadelphians were eligible for Medicaid; of these, over 100,000 used services covered by CBH. Total expenditures for those services totaled to over $740,000,000.[4] Its 2018 budget was over $900,000,000—with additional assets totaling over $160,000,000—placing it in the top eleven Philadelphia non-profits by income.[5] Pew Charitable Trusts notes that CBH is one of the largest contracted recipients of city funds in Philadelphia.[6]

At the end of 2018, CBH extended a tobacco-free policy to all inpatient substance use treatment centers in Philadelphia.[7] This policy raised objections from local advocates, who claimed it increased the rate of treatment drop-out.[8]

In August 2019, CEO Joan Erney announced her retirement. Donna Bailey, current COO, is slated to act as interim CEO.[9]

References

  1. Pattani, Aneri (2019-07-04). "The best mental health treatments for youth are slow to catch on in Philadelphia, study finds". Philadelphia Inquirer. https://www.inquirer.com/health/mental-health-treatment-evidence-based-practice-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-20190704.html. 
  2. "Division of Community Behavioral Health (CBH)". Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. https://dbhids.org/cbh/. 
  3. "About Us". Community Behavioral Health. https://cbhphilly.org/about-us/. 
  4. "2017 Annual Report: Philadelphia Behavioral HealthChoices Program" (PDF). Community Behavioral Health. https://dbhids.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CBH-2017-Annual-Report-1.pdf. 
  5. Zeglen, Julie; Williams, Cianni (2019-08-21). "These are Philadelphia's 50 biggest nonprofits by income". Generocity. https://generocity.org/philly/2018/08/10/philadelphia-50-biggest-largest-nonprofits-by-income-assets-guidestar/. 
  6. Eichel, Larry; Hachadorian, Jason (2019-03-14). "What Philadelphia Spends on Outside Contracts". Pew Charitable Trusts. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/14/what-philadelphia-spends-on-outside-contracts. 
  7. Kopp, John (2018-12-28). "Philly bans tobacco use at addiction treatment programs". PhillyVoice. https://www.phillyvoice.com/philly-bans-tobacco-use-addiction-treatment-programs-smoking-cigarettes-vaping/. 
  8. Feldman, Nina (2019-06-25). "Philly health officials, advocates split on impact of smoking ban at inpatient rehabs". WHYY. https://whyy.org/articles/philly-health-officials-advocates-split-on-impact-of-smoking-ban-at-inpatient-rehabs/. 
  9. "Joan Erney to Retire as CEO of Community Behavioral Health". Community Behavioral Health. https://cbhphilly.org/cbh-news/joan-erney-to-retire/.