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Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) Grant Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Businesses, and
Tribes to Establish and Expand Behavioral Health Facilities

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Washington State Department of Commerce

Conf. Date:

06/10/20

Deadline Date:

06/16/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, agencies, businesses, and tribes for capital construction projects for behavioral health facilities. Funding is intended for design, construction, engineering, and equipment costs required to establish and expand the 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.

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is soliciting applications from eligible organizations to implement the following types of behavioral health capital projects.

  • Mental health peer respite centers. No more than one mental health peer respite center should be funded in each of the nine regions; 
  • Community hospitals, freestanding evaluation, and treatment providers, or freestanding psychiatric hospitals to develop capacity for beds to serve individuals on ninety-day or one-hundred eighty-day civil commitments.  Funding must increase capacity to serve individuals who will be transitioned from or diverted from the state hospitals. Awardees of these funds must demonstrate that they are able to meet the applicable licensing and certification requirements for the facility as outlined by the Department of Health and the Health Care Authority and the awardee must demonstrate that the Health Care Authority intends to contract with the facility for operating costs; and
  • Intensive behavioral health treatment facilities for long-term placement of behavioral health patients with complex needs; and
  • Enhanced adult residential care facilities for long-term placements of dementia discharged or diverted from the state psychiatric hospitals. 

Conditions of Funding: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/bhfnofar2compapp#page=3.

Eligible Project Costs: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/bhf1921guidecompawards#page=10.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184885

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$28,500,000

Number of Grants:

At least four mental health peer respite centers; at least four intensive behavioral health treatment facilities.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum amount of funds an applicant can receive is $2,000,000 per project.
- Awards are subject to an administrative fee. Two-percent (capped at $50,000) will be deducted from all 2019-2021 grant awards for the administrative fee. The fee will reduce the total grant amount and will be reflected as a net grant amount in the contract.

Term of Contract:

- Commerce can reimburse for these expenses only if they were incurred after May 21, 2019.
- Awarded funds from the 2019-2021 state capital budget must be expended by June 30, 2023.
- Applicants must maintain and operate the beds and facility for a period commensurate to the state investment, but for at least a fifteen-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competitive funding round is open to nonprofits, for-profit businesses, public entities, and tribes. 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.

Ineligible Project Costs: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/bhf1921guidecompawards#page=11.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant must answer Threshold Questions no later than the deadline. Commerce staff review Threshold Questions and approve an application moving forward for completion. Toward the end of the application period, staff needs adequate time to review Threshold Questions and still allow an applicant enough time to submit a complete application. Applicants that do not answer the Threshold Questions by the deadline will not be allowed to complete the application.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Open: March 19, 2020
- Application Technical Assistance Period: March 30 – May 28, 2020
- Threshold Questions Submission Due: June 10, 2020 by noon
- Application Submission Due: June 16, 2020 by 5:00pm
- Commerce Review of Applications: June - July 2020
- Notification of Award: August 2020
- Contract Negotiation, Drafting, and Execution Begin in September 2020

Funds will be made available once a contract is executed. Funds are reimbursement based and cannot be advanced under any circumstances. Reimbursement costs are those the grantee has already incurred and paid. If the funds are needed to purchase real property, the grantee must contact staff prior to using grant funds in this manner.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application For 90-180 Day Long-Term Civil Commitment LTCC Orders Facilities: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/Washington_State_Dept._of_Commerce/2019-2021_Behavioral_Health_Facilities_BHF_Grant_Program-90-180_Day_Long-Term_Civil_Commitment_LTCC_Orders

Application For Intensive Behavioral Health Facilities: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/Washington_State_Dept._of_Commerce/2019-2021_Behavioral_Health_Facilities_BHF_Grant_Program-Intensive_Behavioral_Health_Facilities

Application For Mental Health Peer Respite Facilities: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/Washington_State_Dept._of_Commerce/2019-2021_Behavioral_Health_Facilities_BHF_Grant_Program-Peer_Respite_Facilities

Application For Specialized Dementia Care SDC Facilities: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/Washington_State_Dept._of_Commerce/2019-2021_Behavioral_Health_Facilities_BHF_Grant_Program-Specialized_Dementia_Care_SDC_Facilities

Direct questions to:

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

Tanya Mercier
Behavioral Health Facility and Early Learning Facility Programs Manager
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

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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