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Deadline Extended for Mental Health Funding Opportunity 

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The request for applications deadline for the expansion of emergency psychiatric assessment, treatment, and healing (EmPATH) units in eligible California hospitals has been extended to 3 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 24.  

The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) will grant six awards to investor-owned, not-for-profit, faith-based, and tribally operated California hospitals serving unserved and underserved populations.  

EmPATH units support emergency departments (ED) in quickly transitioning mental health patients from the ED to spaces where they can be quickly assessed and connected with other services.   

The program is funded through MHSOAC’s $17 million allocation of Mental Health Wellness Act funds as a strategy to expand crisis stabilization units in California hospitals where mental health clients are treated in EDs.   

More information, including a budget worksheet, is available on the MHSOAC website.