- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded more than $980,000 to develop certified community behavioral health clinics.

Michigan is among 24 states chosen to receive a planning grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The state health department will use the funding to develop criteria for certified community behavioral health clinics, establish a payment system and prepare an application to participate in a two-year demonstration program.

In order to be considered a certified community behavioral health clinic, organizations must serve adults with mental illnesses, children with emotional disturbances and those struggling with substance abuse.

The organizations are required to provide a variety of services, including psychiatric rehabilitation services, support groups and community-based mental health care for veterans.

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