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Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program To Host Listening Session

For behavioral health directors

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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a listening session on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon (PT) to provide more details on the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP). 

The BHCIP provides DHCS funding to award competitive grants to qualified entities to construct, acquire, and rehabilitate real estate assets or to invest in mobile crisis infrastructure to expand the community continuum of behavioral health treatment resources. It provides a unique opportunity to create new capacity within the behavioral health facility infrastructure throughout California. A portion of the funding is available for increased infrastructure targeted to those 25 and younger. 

Through the BHCIP, DHCS aims to reduce homelessness, incarceration, unnecessary hospitalizations, and inpatient days and improve outcomes for people with behavioral health conditions by expanding access to community-based treatment. It also proposes to invest in the expansion of beds, units, or rooms by building new behavioral health continuum infrastructure and expanding capacity.  

These resources would expand the continuum of services by increasing capacity for short-term crisis stabilization, acute and sub-acute care, crisis residential care, community-based mental health residential treatment, substance use disorder residential treatment, peer respite, mobile crisis, community and outpatient behavioral health services, and other clinically enriched longer-term treatment and rehabilitation opportunities for persons with behavioral health disorders in the least restrictive and least costly setting. 

In addition to hearing about how and when funding will be available for new infrastructure projects, listening session attendees will: 

  • Learn more about the technical assistance available to develop infrastructure plans and implementation 
  • Have the opportunity to provide insights, including written and verbal feedback, directly to DHCS on building behavioral health facility infrastructure and discuss solutions that can play a part in making a significant and lasting impact on the behavioral health field