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New Vista Launches Groundbreaking Program to Expand Access to Mental, Physical Healthcare

 JANUARY 14, 2022

LEXINGTON, KY — New Vista is now a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). This innovative model breaks down barriers to care and allows for the mental and physical healthcare of patients to be treated in tandem.

Studies confirm the link between mental and physical health. It is vital to treat the whole person to achieve the best outcomes. As a CCBHC, New Vista will be able to integrate primary care with the mental health and substance use services the organization has provided in Central Kentucky for decades, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. 

This new program, made possible by federal funding, will also allow New Vista to expand services into previously underserved rural areas throughout its 17-county service area. 

As a CCBHC, New Vista has the opportunity to add staff, expand clinical space and offer free transportation to clients in rural areas. 

In May of 2020, New Vista was awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration to pilot the CCBHC program in Fayette, Clark, Madison, Estill and Powell counties. The pilot program included the creation of a rural Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team to assist those experiencing serious mental illness 24/7.

The program has now expanded to include Harrison, Nicholas, Bourbon, Scott, Franklin, Woodford, Anderson, Mercer, Jessamine, Boyle, Lincoln and Garrard counties.  

Kentucky was the first state in the United States to implement a state-wide system of Community Mental Health Centers in 1966. For more than 50 years, New Vista has been working to make sure Kentuckians live full, productive, happy lives.

The adoption of the CCBHC model is yet another way Kentucky is leading the nation by focusing on the mental health of the Commonwealth as a whole. 


New Vista is the nonprofit Community Mental Health Center, with regional offices located in Lexington, serving 25,000 Kentuckians in 17 central Kentucky counties. New Vista provides services in mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission of New Vista is to assist individuals and families in the enhancement of their emotional, mental and physical well-being, particularly those who have limited options for meeting their behavioral health needs. For more information, visit

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