You’re invited to apply for Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) and Community Care Expansion (CCE) program funding!

These grants offer an unprecedented opportunity to thoughtfully plan, expand, and improve behavioral health and social services infrastructure across California. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate at the local level and apply for both the BHCIP and the CCE opportunities when developing infrastructure efforts. Both funding opportunities afford counties, tribal entities, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and private developers the ability to expand the entire continuum of care for individuals with behavioral health conditions and long-term care support needs.

Below you will find information on current and future funding opportunities as well as previous funding rounds. 

Joint RFA

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Social Services (CDSS) are pleased to announce the release of a joint Request for Applications (RFA). This joint RFA encompasses BHCIP Round 3 funding for launch ready projects and CCE Capital Expansion program funding. 

Visit the Joint RFA page to learn more, including information on how to complete the pre-application consultation survey and links to apply. 


Round 3: Launch Ready (Joint RFA)

DHCS will award BHCIP Round 3 Launch Ready grants to:

    • counties, cities, tribal entities (including 638s and urban clinics),
    • nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations
    • other private organizations, including private real estate developers

to expand community capacity for serving the behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder/SUD) population and must make a commitment to serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Round 3 will be composed of two application rounds, to balance the needs of applicants with projects ready for immediate expansion with those who require more time to develop their application. However, if all funds are expended in Part One (deadline: April 8, 2022), there will not be a Part Two.

  • Launch Ready Part One is intended for entities that can submit the application and necessary materials by March 31, 2022.
  • If funds remain for a Launch Ready Part Two, the deadline will be May 31, 2022. Applicants must complete a pre-application survey no later than May 15, 2022.

More information about this grant, including the RFA, application instructions, and links to apply, can be found on the Joint RFA page.

Learn more about Launch Ready here.

CCE Capital Expansion (Joint RFA)

Approximately 75 percent of funds ($570 Million) for the CCE Program Grant will be made available for capital expansion projects, including acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of residential care settings.
Grantees may be approved to use a portion of these funds to establish a capitalized operating subsidy reserve (COSR) for these projects, available for use for up to 5 years.

Applications for CCE Capital Expansion project funding will be accepted on a project-by-project basis through this joint RFA and funded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

More information on how to apply for Capital Expansion funds can be found on the Joint RFA page.

Learn more about the CCE Program Grant here.


Crisis Care Mobile Units (CCMU) Program

The Crisis Care Mobile Units (CCMU) program grants were awarded to California county, city, or tribal entity behavioral health authorities to implement or expand Crisis Care Mobile Units (CCMUs).

Utilizing funding received from BHCIP and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), the CCMU Program provides funding for infrastructure and some limited direct services to expand mobile behavioral health crisis services.

Learn more on the CCMU Grant page.

Round 2: Behavioral Health County Tribal Planning Grant

Behavioral Health County and Tribal Planning grants were awarded to California county, tribes, or tribal entity behavioral health authorities to plan for expansion of behavioral health infrastructure capacity, targeting state-level priorities. Learn more on the Round 2 Grant page.


Round 4: Children and Youth

The focus of this round of funding will be for children and youth infrastructure projects; more information will be provided when the RFA becomes available. RFA release date is June 2022 with an application deadline of October 2022. Learn more on the Children and Youth program page.

Rounds 5 and 6: Needs Assessment

The focus of these round of BHCIP funding will address gaps and needs as identified in a statewide needs assessment.

  • Round 5  |  RFA Release: October 2022. Application Deadline: January 2023
  • Round 6  |  RFA Release: December 2022. Application Deadline: February 2023