​​​​​The Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program

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Listening Session

Friday, October 1, 2021

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. PT

Through this California Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Listening Session, hosted by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), participants:

  • Learned first-hand how BHCIP provides a unique opportunity to create new capacity within the BH facility infrastructure throughout California.
  • Heard how funding and when funding will be available for new infrastructure projects.
  • Learned that technical assistance (TA) will be available to develop infrastructure plans and implementation.
  • Had an opportunity to provide your insights, including written and verbal feedback, directly to DHCS on building BH facility infrastructure and discuss solutions that can play a part in making significant and lasting impact on the BH field.

Please review the Listening Session PowerPoint.


The Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) provides the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) funding to award competitive grants to qualified entities to construct, acquire and rehabilitate real estate assets or to invest in mobile crisis infrastructure to expand the community continuum of behavioral health treatment resources. A portion of the funding is available for increased infrastructure targeted to children and youth 25 years of age and younger.


The Department aims to reduce homelessness, incarceration, unnecessary hospitalizations, and inpatient days and improve outcomes for people with behavioral health conditions by expanding access to community-based treatment. The Department proposes to invest in the expansion of beds, units, or rooms by building new behavioral health continuum infrastructure and expanding capacity. These resources would expand the continuum  of services by increasing capacity for short-term crisis stabilization, acute and sub-acute care, crisis residential, community-based mental health residential treatment, substance use disorder residential treatment, peer respite, mobile crisis, community and outpatient behavioral health services, and other clinically enriched longer-term treatment and rehabilitation opportunities for persons with behavioral health disorders in the least restrictive and least costly setting.

Trailer Bill Language 

An entity shall meet all of the following conditions in order to receive grant funds pursuant to Section 5960.5(a), to the extent applicable and as required by the department: (a) Provide matching funds or real property. (b) Expend funds to supplement and not supplant existing funds to construct, acquire, and rehabilitate real estate assets. (c) Report data to the department within 90 days of the end of each quarter for the first five years. (d) Operate services in the financed facility for the intended purpose for a minimum of 30 years. More information on the Trailer Bill.


July 2021​Release Round 1: Mobile Crisis RFA
​September 2021​Award Round 1: Mobile Crisis Projects
November 2021​Re-Release Round 1: Mobile Crisis RFA Part 2
October 2021​BHCIP Listening Session
November 2021​DHCS will release BH Needs Assessment Report
​November 2021​Release Round 2: Planning Grants RFA
January 2022​Award Round 2: Planning Grants
​January 2022Release Round 3: Launch Ready RFA
​April 2022​BHCIP Listening Session for Rounds 4-6
May 2022​Award Round 3: Launch Ready Grants
August 2022​Release Round 4: Children and Youth RFA
​October 2022​Release Round 5: Addressing Gaps #1 (TBD)
​December 2022​Release Round 6: Addressing Gaps #2 (TBD)

BHCIP Resources

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the BHCIP Team at BHCIP@dhcs.ca.gov.


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