Federal Grants Branch
The Federal Grants Branch (FGB) within the Community Services Division (CSD), administers federal behavioral health grants that are awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), including the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant; the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant; the Behavioral Health Response and Rescue Project grants; State Opioid Response 1 and 2 grants; and the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness grant.
The Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program
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.
Behavioral Health Response and Rescue Project
The Behavioral Health Response and Rescue Project (BHRRP) is supported by funding made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan Act. For information regarding funding opportunities, please visit the BHRRP Home page through the below link.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)
Mandated by Congress, SAMHSA administers the SABG noncompetitive, formula grant through SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Performance Partnership Branch, in collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Division of State Programs. The SABG is authorized by Section 1921 of Title XIX, Part B, Subpart II and III of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. The SABG implementing regulations are found in Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 96 (45 CFR 96); and the SABG Program is subject to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements are found in 45 CFR Part 75.
DHCS acts as a pass-through agency to provide SABG funding to local non-federal governments to either provide SUD services directly or by contracting with local SUD providers. The SABG Program's objective is to help plan, implement, and evaluate activities that prevent and treat SUDs. Grantees use the SABG program for prevention, treatment, recovery support, and other services to supplement Medicaid. Please view SAMHSA's website or their SABG Fact Sheet for more information.
Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG)
The SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides grant funds to establish or expand an organized community-based system of care for providing non-Title XIX mental health services to children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and adults with serious mental illness (SMI). FGB is responsible for preparing and submitting the State's annual application to SAMHSA in anticipation of the upcoming fiscal year, in addition to submitting fiscal and performance data for the past fiscal year. These funds are used to:
- Carry out the State plan contained in the application;
- Evaluate programs and services, and;
- Conduct planning, administration, and educational activities related to the provision of services.
The MHBG program targets:
- Adults with serious mental illnesses. Includes persons age 18 and older who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional condition—as defined by the Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders. Their condition substantially interferes with, or limits, one or more major life activities, such as:
- Basic daily living (for example, eating or dressing)
- Instrumental living (for example, taking prescribed medications or getting around the community)
- Participating in a family, school, or workplace
- Children with serious emotional disturbances. Includes persons up to age 18 who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional issue (as defined by the DSM). This condition results in a functional impairment that substantially interferes with, or limits, a child's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
State Opioid Response 1 and 2 (California MAT Expansion Project)
The goal of California's State Opioid Response (SOR) 1 and 2 grants are to increase the prevention, treatment and recovery service activities initiated within the California MAT Expansion Project. The project aims to increase access to treatment and reduce opioid overdose deaths through more than 30 programs focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. The project has a special focus on populations with limited MAT access, including youth, rural areas and American Indian & Alaska Native tribal communities.
The California MAT Expansion Project aims to increase access to MAT, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.
MAT Expansion Homepage
Projects for Assistance in Transition for Homelessness (PATH)
The intent of the PATH formula grant is to support service delivery to individuals with a serious mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder who are homeless or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The ultimate goal is to connect individuals to mainstream mental health and supportive services as a method of working towards the elimination of homelessness for this population. PATH funding is allocated to participating counties to provide street outreach, case management, and other services that are not supported by mainstream mental health programs.