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DHCS Releases RFA for Behavioral Health Project

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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Behavioral Health Justice Intervention Services (BHJIS) Project. 

This project will support behavioral health agencies and first responder, law enforcement, and community stakeholder groups that want to improve and enhance their collaborative response to individuals facing mental health or substance use crises.  

Any public or private nonprofit entity in good standing and authorized to do business in California, as well as any tribal entity, state or local government entity, or school district is eligible to apply. This includes law enforcement agencies, fire departments, community behavioral health agencies, and community-based or other qualified organizations. 

A total of $16.25 million is available to support collaborative planning, capacity building, strategic program development, and first-year implementation. Application requests must be a minimum of $50,000 and no more than $700,000 each. Funds must be used to build capacity. 

Applications are due Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. (PT); an informational webinar is scheduled for Dec. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. (PT).   

Important application materials are available below: 
BHJIS RFA Budget Form (to be uploaded to the online application) 
Online Application  

For more information, contact