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Behavioral Health Facilities Program

The Department of Commerce manages funding awards through direct appropriation and competitive processes that establish new capacity for behavioral health services by building or rehabilitating facilities. 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 (BHF) Program’s competitive funding rounds are 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 for capital 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

The second and third competitive application rounds will close on June 16, 2020. All Threshold Questions must be submitted no later than noon on June 10, 2020. Applicants that have not submitted the Threshold Questions by the June 10th deadline will not be allowed to complete an application.

The Application Technical Assistance Period has closed as of May 28, 2020. Please review the applicable NOFA and Spring 2020 Guidelines for information about the BHF Program, available funds, and the application process. If after reviewing the NOFA and Guidelines, you have remaining questions please review the 19-21 BHF Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

The third competitive application round is open as of April 21, 2020. See our Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for further details. Interested parties should also review the Spring 2020 Guidelines for a complete understanding of this available funding. All applications must be submitted through our online service provider, ZoomGrants. Click on a link below to go to the specific application type.

The second competitive application round is open, as of March 19, 2020. See our Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for further details. Interested parties should also review the Spring 2020 Guidelines for a complete understanding of this available funding. All applications must be submitted through our online service provider, ZoomGrants. Click on a link below to go to that specific application type.

Our first competitive application round for Behavioral Health Facilities Grant 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.

  • Enhanced Service Facilities – 5 awardees – $9.26 million awarded
  • Specialized Dementia Care – 2 awardees – $2.5 million awarded
  • Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization – 2 awardees – $4 million awarded
  • Community providers for child and minor youth behavioral health services – 15 awardees – $20,471,950 million awarded

Please see this press release and this press release for more information and a list of the awarded recipients.

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.

Washington's Behavioral Health Information System Project

In addition to funding capital grant projects, Commerce is leading a 2-year project to help coordinate the effective development of bed capacity-building efforts statewide.

Related Law for 2019-21 Awards

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

2017-2019 Guidelines

2019-2021 Guidelines

Need help?

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

Kaletra Welch
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Kaletra.Welch@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3074

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: 360-725-3020

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

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
Justin DeFour
Resource and Development Program Director
Justin.DeFour@dshs.wa.gov
Phone: 360-870-6309

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