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Behavioral Health Infrastructure Grants Available in July

What’s happening: The Newsom administration will start taking applications for behavioral health infrastructure grants this summer; hospitals will be eligible to apply. 

What else to know: When voters passed Proposition 1 on the March 2024 ballot, they approved a $6.4 billion bond to finance new investments in housing and treatment for Californians experiencing mental health conditions and substance use disorders. 

In May, Gov. Newsom announced that close to $3 billion would be the first major investment of the bond and that organizations should start preparing “launch ready” proposals for behavioral health infrastructure that they could quickly build, acquire, or rehabilitate.  

The prior “launch ready” round of Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program grants required applicants to show they already had control of the property to be acquired or rehabilitated, such as with a clear title or existing long-term lease.  

The Department of Health Care Services will make applications available in July, when both nonprofit and for-profit hospitals will be eligible to apply. All types of facilities that serve people with behavioral health needs can be established with these grants; everything from outpatient clinics and partial hospitalization programs to inpatient care and crisis stabilization will be eligible. The department has a new web page where organizations interested in applying can learn more. 

CHA will keep members apprised once the applications become available.  

For any questions, contact Kirsten Barlow, vice president, policy, at