Community Mental Health Center

cms community mental health center definition

Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) are outpatient organizations that provide partial hospitalization services to Medicare beneficiaries for mental health services. CMS estimates there are about 100 CMHCs that provide partial hospitalization services through Medicare and that will be affected by this rule.


accrediting organization(s)



part 485 — conditions of participation: specialized providers, page: 181 (64039)

32. Add § 485.920 to read as follows:

§ 485.920 Conditions for Participation: Emergency Preparedness

The Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) must comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements. The CMHC must establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program that meets the requirements of this section. The emergency preparedness program must include, but not be limited to, the following elements: