Behavioral Health Facilities Program

Behavioral Health Facilities grants establish new behavioral health service capacity through acquisition, rehabilitation 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 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 nonprofits, public entities, tribes and for-profit businesses. Nonprofit and for-profit business applicants must be registered in the State of Washington. All applicants 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 capitalize equipment associated with establishing behavioral health facilities. If funding is provided for the acquisition of a building or land, the acquisition must result in increased community-based behavioral health care

2019-21 Competitive Grant​s

The BHF-Premera Blue Cross Crisis Stabilization competitive funding round is now open. For more information about this funding opportunity see our Notice of Funding Availability, Program Guidelines and FAQ. Applications are only accepted through the ZoomGrants online platform and you can access the application here: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/BHF-Premera_Blue_Cross_Crisis_Stabilization_Spring_2021_Funding_Round There are two stages to the application with the Threshold Question responses due by Noon on July 1, 2021 and a complete application due by 5:00pm on July 15, 2021.

The Winter 2020 Premera Crisis Stabilization competitive application round for behavioral health facilities closed December 28, 2020. Commerce awarded $2.24 million to three successful applicants that will create more community-based care options for rural clients seeking outpatient behavioral health crisis stabilization. For information about the awarded projects, see the list in the right-hand column under the header Funding Round Awardees.

The Spring 2020 competitive application rounds for Behavioral Health Facilities closed on June 16, 2020. Commerce awarded $33.8 million 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.

The Fall 2019 competitive application round for Behavioral Health Facilities closed on November 6, 2019. Commerce awarded $36.2 million 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 Competitive Grant​

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.

Commerce awarded $1.96 million to Spokane County to help fund a new 32 bed facility that is expected to open in 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.

Trueblood Program Guidelines.

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

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

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

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

Health Care Authority
Melodie Pazolt
Section Manager
Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Melodie.Pazolt@hca.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-0487

Peer Respite Tool Kit
Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Services Tool Kit
90- and 180-Day Long Term Civil Commitment Tool Kit

Department of Health
Julie Tomaro
Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance
Facilities Program Manager
Julie.Tomaro@doh.wa.gov
Phone: 360-236-2937

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

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