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Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum


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With the need for mental health and substance use disorder services increasing, crisis care gaps in California’s behavioral health continuum are more evident and growing. Adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) often end up in emergency departments, hospitalized, or abandoned in the criminal justice system, and others receive no care. At the same time, the growing opioid crisis, the transition to the 988 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline, and the introduction of new efforts to address the unmet needs of highly vulnerable individuals through the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act add to the urgency to increase crisis and behavioral health facility capacity.  Round 5: Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum details:

  • $480M statewide funding
  • All prospective applicants will be required to engage in a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC)
  • Applicants will be required to commit to a provision of services and building use restriction for the entire 30-year period.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a grant funding match.
  • Request for Application (RFA) timeline:
    • Application portal opens on November 3, 2022
    • Deadline to request a Pre-Application Consultation is January 13, 2023
    • Application due on February 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (PT)

Eligible Entities

Counties, cities, tribal entities (including 638s and urban clinics), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations whose projects reflect the State’s priorities are eligible to apply for this funding, noting the following stipulations and specifications:

  • Projects must make a commitment to serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
  • For-profit organizations, including private real estate developers, with related prior development experience who are collaborating with nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, or counties may apply, but will be required to demonstrate a legal agreement (e.g., Memorandum of Understanding [MOU]) with the county, tribe, city, for-profit organization, or nonprofit organization to confirm the organization’s role in the project, including that they are working on behalf of the service provider.

Project Readiness

To be eligible for BHCIP Round 5: Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum funding, a project must demonstrate “project readiness.” Projects will be funded by phase as the applicant demonstrates successful completion of each phase (outlined below).

Phase 1: Planning and pre-development
Phase 2: Design development
Phase 3: Shovel ready
Final Phase: Construction

Eligible Facility Types

The following facility types may be considered for project funding only if they are expanding crisis and/or behavioral health services.

Round5 CC Eligible Facilities List

Round5 BHC Eligible Facilities List

County Letter of Support Survey
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2022

For additional BHCIP Round 5 information, please visit our Resources page.