Joint RFA: Frequently Asked Questions

Featured Questions and How to Use the FAQ

Questions and answers are grouped by funding opportunity. When viewing search results, please be sure to note whether they apply to BHCIP Launch Ready, CCE Capital Expansion, or both. All responses are labeled either “BHCIP,” “CCE,” or “Joint RFA.” You can download or view a PDF compilation of the FAQ questions here. This compilation is updated periodically.

BHCIP: What if our organization is unable to get a letter of support indicating we have a Medi-Cal contract with the county in time for the application submission?

Applicants who are unable to obtain a letter of support before the deadline are encouraged to complete the application process. In the application section requesting an upload of the letter of support, please upload instead a written explanation of the reasons why you are not able to obtain a letter of support, from whom you requested the letter of support, and whether you are an existing Medi-Cal contractor.

BHCIP Launch Ready Questions

Are facilities that provide Short-Doyle mental health services eligible for BHCIP funding? Our facility serves individuals who may not be able to be on Medi-Cal because of immigration status, for example.

Please ensure your facility is on the list of eligible facilities listed in the RFA. Eligible facilities must also provide behavioral health Medi-Cal services and have a contract with their county. Counties and providers currently utilize the Short-Doyle data system...

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What if our organization is unable to get a letter of support indicating we have a Medi-Cal contract with the county in time for the application submission?

Applicants who are unable to obtain a letter of support before the deadline are encouraged to complete the application process. In the application section requesting an upload of the letter of support, please upload instead a written explanation of the reasons why you...

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CCE Capital Expansion Questions 

Please explain funding for new developments, in particular match. For example, suppose I’m purchasing an $8 million property to develop a behavioral health facility, a project that will cost $20 million total. If I must supply a 25 percent match, equal to $5 million, does my purchase of the land (valued at $8 million) satisfy my match requirement?

Yes. Match in the form of real property appraised value for development is acceptable as long as that real property is the actual project site property and the entire Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) of land is dedicated to the new development project. If you have...

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Who is eligible to apply?

Counties, cities, tribal entities (including 638s and urban clinics), nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and private organizations whose projects reflect the state’s priorities are eligible to apply for this funding. These include adult and senior care...

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Joint RFA / General Questions 

If I have a two-acre parcel of land and want to add multiple facilities on the land (pending zoning/conditional use approvals), is that considered one project or multiple projects? Would I need to submit one development budget or multiple budgets?

Each application should be attached to a single address. One address can include several facilities. One project can contain multiple facilities. Applicants are required to submit a unique application and budget for every project.

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The RFA use-of-funds definitions note that funding can be used to “rehabilitate” assets. Is there a specific definition of “rehabilitation,” and are any activities clearly considered in- or out-of-scope?

Remodeling an existing facility is an allowable project under BHCIP and CCE as long as it results in an expansion that will allow the facility to serve a greater number of the target population. Repairs to an existing licensed ARF or RCFE that does not result in an...

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Can BHCIP or CCE funds be used to address local ordinances or state requirements for code upgrades, including seismic? Is green technology required or just recommended when upgrading an older facility to expand beds?

Seismic upgrades are only applicable to facilities that are two stories and higher. If the upgrade is part of an expansion, it can be included in the development budget. Green technology is recommended when possible, but is not required for upgrades.

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