Behavioral Health Facilities 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:
- Funding Category: 90 and 180-day Long-term Civil Commitment Beds
- Funding Category: Crisis Triage and Stabilization
- Funding Category: Crisis Triage and Stabilization for Trueblood Phase 2
- Funding Category: Enhanced Service Facilities
- Funding Category: Intensive Behavioral Health Facilities
- Funding Category: Peer Respite
- Funding Category: Regional Needs
- Funding Category: Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization
- Funding Category: Specialized Dementia Care
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 Category||Total Appropriation||Number of Projects Awarded|
|Enhanced Services Facilities||$11,277,000||7|
|Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization||$4,000,000||2|
|90/180 Day Civil Commitments||$8,000,000||4|
|Intensive Behavioral Health||$8,000,000||3|
|Child and Minor Youth||$20,954,000||15|
|Premera Crisis Stabilization||$2,240,000||3|
Behavioral Health Facilities
Behavioral Health Model Ordinance Project
Program Guidelines & FAQ
Funding Round Awardees
Department of Commerce
Community Projects Supervisor
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Behavioral Health Technical Assistance
Health Care Authority
Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Department of Health
Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance
Facilities Program Manager
Department of Social and Health Services
Resource Development Unit Manager