CHA News Article

ACA Behavioral Health Integration Grants Available
OSHPD offers letters of state support for applicants

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the availability of $50,000,000 this year for Affordable Care Act-Mental Health Services Expansion-Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) grants to increase the coordination, collaboration and integration of primary and behavioral health care services at health centers funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. The BHI grants are intended to increase access to behavioral health services and increase the number of health centers with integrated primary care and behavioral health models of care. HRSA has set a ceiling of $250,000 per award, and applications are due March 3.

HRSA notes that, for this grant, behavioral health includes both substance use and mental health disorders. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of need in their community/target population and show that the grant funds will increase access to comprehensive, culturally competent, collaborative and integrated behavioral health services.

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is available to provide applicants with letters of support. Requests should be emailed to HCRWorkforce@oshpd.ca.gov and should include applicant name, amount of the grant request, grant objective, date of application submission and any other relevant information. OSHPD also requests that applicants send email notification to HCRWorkforce@oshpd.ca.gov if they are applying, so that OSHPD can track how many California stakeholders are applying for federal grants.

 

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