CHA News Article

Crisis Services Funds Available to Counties
Emergency regulations released

The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013, created by SB 82 (Steinberg, D-Sacramento), provides grant funds to improve access to and capacity for crisis services for Californians affected by mental health disorders. The provisions of SB 82 (Chapter 34, Statutes of 2013) authorize the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Act (CHFFA) to adopt emergency regulations to provide counties, and counties acting jointly, with grant funds for crisis capacity and program expansion projects.

The emergency regulations establish specific selection criteria for grant awards, define eligible costs and determine minimum and maximum grant amounts for the purpose of increasing crisis capacity for client assistance and services with “at least 25 mobile crisis support teams and at least 2,000 crisis stabilization and crisis residential treatment beds to bolster capacity at the local level.”

In addition to providing the framework for grant funds to expand mental health crisis services, the regulations include relevant definitions; descriptions of eligible applicants, projects and costs; maximum grant amounts by county and by applicant; the application process; the evaluation criteria CHFFA will use to make grant award determinations; the process by which allocations will be made; and the terms and conditions grant recipients will need to agree to.

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