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Behavioral Health Facilities Grant Program

The Department of Commerce manages funding awards through direct appropriation and competitive processes that establish new capacity for behavioral health services by building or rehabilitating facilities. Commerce’s partners in the program include the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the Health Care Authority (HCA), the Department of Health (DOH), and one representative each from a Managed Care Organization (MCO), an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), an Accountable Communities of Health (ACH), a Behavioral Health Administration Service Organization (BH-ASO), and the Association of County Humans Services (ACHS).

The Behavioral Health Facilities Grant program is open to nonprofits, public entities, tribes and for-profit businesses. Grantees must be a registered business in the State of Washington and be able to meet all applicable licensing and certification requirements under specific RCWs or WACs pertaining to the behavioral health services you are offering.

This is a reimbursement-style grant for capital construction projects only. Program funds come from the sale of state bonds (no federal funds). Grant funds may be used for design, engineering, construction and equipment costs associated with establishing these facilities. New flexibility for the 2019-21 biennium grants includes the ability to fund the acquisition of a building or land if the project results in increased capacity.

In addition to funding capital grant projects, Commerce is leading a 2-year project to help coordinate the effective development of bed capacity-building efforts statewide.

2019-21 Behavioral Health Facility Competitive Grant Program

Our first competitive application round for Behavioral Health Facilities Grant closed on November 6, 2019. Commerce awarded $12.4 million to 10 successful applicants from across Washington, helping to create an additional 150 new beds and outpatient services for community-based care.

• Enhanced Service Facilities – 2 awardees – $3.87 million awarded – total of 31 new beds
• Specialized Dementia Care – 2 awardees – $2.5 million awarded – total of 67 new beds
• Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization – 2 awardees – $4 million awarded – total of 32 new beds
• Capacity for Children and Minor Youth – 4 awardees – $2 million awarded – total of 20 new beds and outpatient services

Please see the press release for more information and a list of the awarded recipients.

Our second round of behavioral health funding will be opening in spring 2020.

Trueblood Competitive Grant

Commerce’s competitive Trueblood grant application is now closed.

Trueblood is an active lawsuit that challenged unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services. Commerce received $2 million for one or more crisis diversion or stabilization facilities to add 16 beds in the Spokane region. These beds will address both urban and rural needs, consistent with the Trueblood vs. DSHS
Settlement Agreement and Implementation Plan.

Trueblood Program Guidelines.

Related Law for 2019-21 Awards

Link to 2019-21 Program Legislation:
SHB 1102, Section 1041

2019-2021 Guidelines

Need help?

Department of Commerce
Tanya Mercier
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Phone: 360-704-0139

Amanda Sieler
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Phone: 360-725-3006

Matt Mazur-Hart
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Phone: 360-725-3020

Health Care Authority
Melodie Pazolt
Section Manager
Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Phone: 360-725-0487

Department of Health
Julie Tomaro
Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance
Facilities Program Manager
Phone: 360-236-2937

Department of Social and Health Services
Lateisha De Lay
State Hospital Discharge and Diversion Administrator
Phone: 360-725-3216

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