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

2021 - 2023 Competitive Grants

The BHF competitive application is now open. Eligible organizations for these funds include community hospitals and other community based behavioral health providers. For more information, see the 10/01/2021 Revised Behavioral Health Facilities Program Guidelines, 10/01/2021 Revised Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). On October 21, 2021, the BHF Program will host a webinar to share more information about the funding opportunity. For more information about the webinar, see this GovDelivery notice.

To go to the application, select a link below for the applicable funding category:

A competitive funding application for Funding Category: Children and Minor Youth will open later this fall.  For future updates about upcoming funding information, sign up for e-mail updates by entering your e-mail address below.

2019 - 2021 Competitive Grants

The BHF-Premera Blue Cross Crisis Stabilization competitive funding round is now closed. Awards will be announced to successful applicants in mid-September 2021.

The Winter 2020 BHF-Premera Blue Cross 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.

In the 19-21 biennium, Commerce received $2 million for one or more crisis diversion or 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 has received $12 million for two 16-bed crisis triage and stabilization facilities in the King County region, one within the city of Seattle and one in south King County.  Projects must be consistent with the settlement agreement in A.B, by and through Trueblood, et al., v. DSHS, et al. No. 15-35462. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) listed above for more information about funding available for these two facilities. For future updates about the upcoming funding round, sign-up for e-mail updates by entering your e-mail address below.


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
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

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
Phone: 360-791-1228

Kaletra Welch
Program Manager
Phone: 360-764-0053

Tanya Mercier
Community Projects Supervisor
Phone: 360-704-0139

Matt Mazur-Hart
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Phone: 360-742-9099

Behavioral Health Technical Assistance

Health Care Authority
Melodie Pazolt
Section Manager
Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
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
Phone: 360-236-2937

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

Enhanced Service Facilities
Specialized Dementia Care

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