On Jan. 31, Gov. Newsom announced the availability of over $1 billion in infrastructure funds to help California fill gaps in behavioral health services and housing.
Eligibility for the grants is much broader than usual. In addition to counties, cities, and tribal organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications were just made available for two distinct programs, one that is due March 31 for “launch-ready” outpatient and residential treatment programs for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, and another that will be allocated on a rolling basis focused on long-term residential care facilities.
The awards are not intended to cover service costs, but rather to construct, acquire, and rehabilitate real estate assets. These funds were appropriated by the 2021 Budget Act. More information is available online, and interested hospitals are encouraged to register for a Feb. 10 webinar hosted by the California Departments of Health Care Services and Social Services.