Behavioral Health Facilities Program

Behavioral Health Facilities grants establish new behavioral health service capacity through acquisition, renovation or new construction of real property.

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Our Program

The Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) program aims to support community providers in expanding and establishing new capacity for behavioral health services in local communities.

Commerce’s BHF program funding opportunities include:

• Competitive grants to eligible organizations
• Direct appropriations from the Legislature

Funding Availability Information

The BHF program funding is open to eligible organizations who are either a community hospital or a community based behavioral health provider. Applicants must be either a nonprofit, for-profit, local government or a Tribe. Nonprofit and for-profit business applicants must be registered in the State of Washington. Funded projects must be able to meet all applicable licensing and certification requirements under specific RCWs and WACs pertaining to the behavioral health services proposed in the facilities to which the funding will be applied.

Grants made by the BHF program are for reimbursement of capital projects only. Capital costs include acquisition, design, engineering, construction and capitalized equipment associated with establishing behavioral health facilities. All funded projects must result in an increase in capacity for community-based behavioral health care.

2021 - 2023 Competitive Funding Rounds

The BHF program will be opening multiple new applications for project proposals starting in May, 2022.  Application materials will be posted to this web page.  If you are not already signed up to receive GovDelivery notices via email, we encourage you to share your contact information with us so you may be notified when competitive funding rounds open.  You can sign up by entering your email address in the section of this page called E-mail Updates.

The application for project proposals in the Crisis Triage and Stabilization – Trueblood Phase 2 funding category is opening  on May 17, 2022. The Program Guidelines and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this funding category are now available for review. 

Upcoming applications openings for project proposals include:

June 2022

  • Enhanced Services Facilities (ESF)
  • Mental Health Peer Respite
  • 90- and-180-day Civil Commitment Facilities
  • Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities
July 2022

  • Youth Crisis Stabilization and Triage Facilities
  • Adult Crisis Stabilization and Triage Facilities

In our last funding rounds we developed a webinar, PPT slide deck and an FAQ.  The links below are for those materials and are available for review ahead of the applications opening.

Competitive Grants Status

The Fall 2021 competitive funding round  award notifications have been submitted to successful and non-successful applicants. Commerce awarded $44.4 million, to 25 successful applicants that will further the goals for community-based behavioral healthcare across the state and create 317 new beds and other outpatient services. More information on awarded projects will be posted in the list in the right-hand column under the header Funding Round Awardees. 

Commerce awarded $2 million in the Spring 2021 BHF-Premera Blue Cross Crisis Stabilization competitive funding round, to two successful applicants that will create more community-based care options for rural clients seeking behavioral health crisis stabilization. For more information about awarded projects, see the list in the right-hand column under the header Funding Round Awardees.

Commerce awarded $2.24 million in the Winter 2020 BHF-Premera Blue Cross Crisis Stabilization competitive funding round, to three successful applicants that will create more community-based care options for rural clients seeking behavioral health crisis stabilization. For information about the awarded projects, see the list in the right-hand column under the header Funding Round Awardees.

Commerce awarded $33.8 million in the Spring 2020 competitive funding round, to 22 successful applicants that will create new beds and outpatient services. For information on awarded projects, see the list in the right-hand column under the header funding Round Awardees.

Commerce awarded $36.2 million in the Fall 2019 competitive funding round, to 24 successful applicants from across Washington, helping to create additional new beds and outpatient services for community-based behavioral health care. For information on awarded projects, see the list in the right-hand column under the header Funding Round Awardees.

Trueblood Crisis Stabilization and Triage Competitive Grant Status

Trueblood is an active lawsuit that challenged unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services.

In the 19-21 biennium, Commerce received $2 million for one or more crisis triage and stabilization facilities to add 16 beds in the Spokane region. We awarded $1.96 million of that funding to Spokane County to help fund a new 32 bed facility that is expected to open in later this summer/fall 2021. These beds will address both urban and rural needs, consistent with the Trueblood vs. DSHS Settlement Agreement and Implementation Plan. Click here for the press release.

In the 21-23 biennium, Commerce received $12 million for two 16-bed crisis triage and stabilization facilities in the King County region. Projects must be consistent with the settlement agreement in A.B, by and through Trueblood, et al., v. DSHS, et al. No. 15-35462. In the Fall 2021 funding round, we awarded $2.5 million to one project for 16 beds sited in Federal Way. Another funding round will open in May, 2022. 

2021-23 Behavioral Health Facilities Funding

Funding CategoryAwarded AmountNumber of Projects Awarded
90/180 Day Civil Commitments$7,482,8523
Children and Minor Youth$7,222,8005
Crisis Stabilization$2,925,0002
Dementia Care$6,753,0004
Enhanced Services Facilities$5,625,9993
Intensive Behavioral Health$6,838,5003
Peer Respites$970,0001
Regional Needs$4,656,0002
Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization$1,940,0001
Trueblood$2,500,0001
Direct Appropriation$72,087,00019
TOTAL$119,001,15144

2021-23 Behavioral Health Facilities Awardees

2021 BHF Awardee Map

2019-21 Behavioral Health Facilities Funding

Funding CategoryTotal AppropriationNumber of Projects Awarded
Enhanced Services Facilities$11,277,0007
Dementia Care$10,000,0007
Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization$4,000,0002
Trueblood$2,000,0001
Peer Respites$5,000,0003
90/180 Day Civil Commitments$8,000,0004
Regional Needs$4,000,0005
Intensive Behavioral Health$8,000,0003
Child and Minor Youth$20,954,00015
Direct Appropriation$51,512,00024
Premera Crisis Stabilization$2,240,0003
TOTAL$126,983,00074

2019-21 Behavioral Health Facilities

Behavioral Health Model Ordinance Project

In addition to funding capital grant projects, Commerce is leading a project to develop local siting guidance for community-based behavioral health facilities.

Related Law

Link to 2021-23 Program Legislation:
SHB 1080, Section 1069
SSB 5651, Section 1025

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

Program Guidelines​ & FAQ

Funding Round Awardees

Program Staff

Department of Commerce
Amanda Sieler
Program Manager
Amanda.Sieler@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-791-1228

Kaletra Welch
Program Manager
Kaletra.Welch@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-764-0053

Paris Rogers
Program Manager
Paris.Rogers@commerce.wa.gov
360-725-2975

Tanya Mercier
Community Projects Supervisor
Tanya.Mercier@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-704-0139

Matt Mazur-Hart
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Matt.Mazur-Hart@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-742-9099

Behavioral Health Technical Assistance

Subject Matter Experts (SME):

Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization Facilities (SWMS)
Zephyr Forest: zephyr.forest@hca.wa.gov
SWMS Fact Sheet

Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities (IBHTF)
Matthew Gower: matthew.gower2@hca.wa.gov
Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Services Tool Kit

90- and-180-day Civil Commitment Facilities
Margo Miller: margo.miller@hca.wa.gov
90- and 180-Day Long Term Civil Commitment Tool Kit

Mental Health Peer Respites
Annie Dejka: annie.dejka@hca.wa.gov
Peer Respite Tool Kit
Peer Respite Fact Sheet

Adult Crisis Triage and Stabilization Facilities
Julie Brown: julie.brown@hca.wa.gov

Youth Crisis Triage and Stabilization Facilities
Tina Burrell: tina.burrell@hca.wa.gov

Trueblood Phase 2 – Crisis Triage and Stabilization Facilities
Keith Lewis: keith.lewis@hca.wa.gov,
Charles Gilman: charles.gilman@dshs.wa.gov and Danielle VerHey: danielle.verhey@hca.wa.govt

Department of Health
Community Health Systems
Dan Overton: Dan.Overton@doh.wa.gov
Phone: 360-236-2953
Cell: 564-201-0579

Department of Social and Health Services
Jamie Tong, Resource Development Unit Manager:
Jamie.Tong@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3293.

Enhanced Service Facilities (ESF)
Enhanced Adult Residential Care Facilities for Long-Term Placements for Dementia (aka Specialized Dementia Care (SDC)

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