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 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 Behavioral Health Facility Competitive Grant
The third competitive application round closed June 16, 2020. Awards will be announced by the end of August 2020 for applicants that applied for funding of Community Behavioral Health Grants to Address Regional Needs and Enhanced Service Facilities (ESF).
The second competitive application round closed June 16, 2020. Awards will be announced by the end of August 2020 for applicants that applied for funding of Mental Health Peer Respite Centers, 90- or 180-day LTCC facilities, Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment facilities, and Specialized Dementia Care (SDC) facilities.
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 awarded
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.
Behavioral Health Model Ordinance Project
Related Law for 2019-21 Awards
Department of Commerce
Community Projects Supervisor
Behavioral Health and Early Learning Section Manager
Department of Health
Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance
Facilities Program Manager
Department of Social and Health Services
Resource and Development Program Director