Friday, February 7, 2014

Behavioral Health Integration Grant Opportunity for Health Centers

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is currently soliciting applications for the FY 2014 Mental Health Service Expansion-Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) funding opportunity. This is a competitive grant process with $50 million available for approximately 200 health centers, with awards of up to $250,000. Applications are due March 3, 2014.

According to the announcement, the goal of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 BHI funding is to increase the coordination, collaboration, and integration of primary and behavioral health care services at existing health centers funded under Section 330. Specifically, this funding opportunity will increase access to behavioral health services, and increase the number of health centers with integrated primary care and behavioral health models of care. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, behavioral health includes both substance use and mental health disorders.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of need for behavioral health services in their community/target population, a sound proposal to meet this need, and readiness to rapidly implement the proposal. In addition, applicants must show that BHI grant funds will increase access to comprehensive, culturally competent, collaborative, and integrated behavioral health services. Applicants are expected to explain how services will be made available to all individuals in the service area while maximizing collaboration with existing behavioral health providers in the community.

Click here for more details about this opportunity including the funding announcement, information on how to apply, and frequently asked questions.

HRSA will be conducting a call this Monday to provide detailed information about the BHI grant and answer specific questions about application requirements. Participation information is as follows:

HRSA BHI Grantee Briefing Session

Monday, February 10 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Click here to access the call

Dial-in number: 1-888-949-2798

Participant passcode: 78893

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