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Behavioral Health Facilities Grant Program

The Department of Commerce manages awards through direct appropriation and competitive processes to community hospitals and other community entities around the state to expand and to establish new capacity for behavioral health services. 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. You 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.

2019-21 Behavioral Health Facility Competitive Grant Program

Our first round of behavioral health competitive grants is now closed.

We received over $70 million in requests for our available $20 million.

• Enhanced Service Facilities –7 applications — $4 million available: $13.2 million in requests
• Specialized Dementia Care — 9 applications — $10 million available: $16.1 million in requests
• Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization – 7 applications –$4 million available: $12.5 in requests
• Capacity for Children and Minor Youth – 21 applications — $2 million available: $28.7 million in requests

Commerce will be scoring the applications in December and announcing awards in January 2020.

Our second round of behavioral health funding will be opening in late spring 2020. Please keep watching this website for more information.

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. These beds will address both urban and rural needs, consistent with the Trueblood vs. DSHS
Settlement Agreement and Implementation Plan.

Commerce’s competitive Trueblood grant opens on October 31, 2019 and closes no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2019.

Before you start your application, please review our Trueblood Program Guidelines.

Trueblood Application.

2019-2021 Behavioral Health Facilities Direct Appropriations

If you have received a direct appropriation, please review the BHF Program Direct Appropriation Guidelines.

Related Law for 2019-21 Awards

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

Need help?

Department of Commerce
Tanya Mercier
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Tanya.Mercier@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-704-0139

Amanda Sieler
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Amanda.Sieler@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3006

Pat Gibbon
Program Manager
Patricia.Gibbon@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3023

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

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
Sandy Spiegelberg
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
Residential Support Program Manager / Home and Community Services
Sandra.Spiegelberg@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2576

Melena Thompson
Behavioral Health Administration
Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Melena.Thompson@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-7543

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