Providers are currently in the process of being notified of ACCS awards.
For those not in the know, about a decade ago, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) moved to a ‘Community Based Flexible Supports’ (CBFS) model of providing residential and other primary adult mental health services. Whatever you make of the success (or lack thereof) of that model, things are on the move again. Now CBFS will become ACCS: Adult community Clinical Services. Providers who are interested in holding and implementing the new ACCS contracts have already placed their bids, and now everyone’s waiting to hear back.
Although few people seem to fully understand what the new model will look like (click here to check out this effort at an explanation through the DMH website if you’re interested in more details), one thing is clear: it will look different. One of the easier to understand differences is related to peer roles.