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Funding Opportunity Available to Hospitals Treating Mental Health Patients in their Emergency Rooms 

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The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) has issued a request for applications to expand emergency psychiatric assessment, treatment, and healing (EmPATH) units in eligible California hospitals.  

MHSOAC will grant six awards to investor-owned, not-for-profit, faith-based, and tribally operated California hospitals serving unserved and underserved populations. Applications are due by 3 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 17. 

EmPATH units support hospital 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