Joint RFA

Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Launch Ready and Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program Capital Expansion Grant Funding

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).  

DHCS was authorized through 2021 legislation to establish BHCIP and award approximately $2.1 billion to construct, acquire, and expand properties and invest in mobile crisis infrastructure related to
behavioral health. CDSS oversees CCE, which was established through Assembly Bill (AB) 172 (Chapter 696, of Statutes 2021) as a companion effort focused on the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation
of adult and senior care facilities that serve SSI/SSP and CAPI applicants and recipients and other adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This joint RFA encompassed BHCIP Round 3 funding for launch ready projects and CCE Capital Expansion program funding:

BHCIP Launch Ready grants ($518.5M) will provide funding to construct, acquire, and rehabilitate real estate assets to expand the behavioral health continuum of treatment and service resources in settings serving Medicaid beneficiaries. Proposed behavioral health infrastructure projects must demonstrate they have been through a planning process and are ready for implementation. These applications will only be accepted from projects that are determined to be launch ready and are submitted according to the timeline in the RFA.

Launch Ready is no longer accepting applications. However applications are still being accepted for CCE Capital Expansion. Applicants can also apply for Round 5: Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum funding concurrent to CCE funding applications, but those applications are managed in separate portals. Visit the grant pages to learn more.

CCE Capital Expansion grants ($570M) are for acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation to preserve and expand adult and senior care facilities serving Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) applicants and recipients, including those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Visit the CCE grant page to begin the application process. 


Joint RFA | Attachments | Forms

The following list of documents will help you prepare for the application process. It includes template budget forms, and examples of questions that will be asked of applicants. The budget forms included under Form 1: Budget Template can be uploaded into the Lendistry platform.

Joint RFA

Attachment A: Application
Use this document as a guide to begin gathering information and documents that you will need to complete the actual online application when it opens on February 15. This document cannot be accepted as an actual application. 

Form 1: PDF Example Budget Template

Form 2: Budget narrative and definition of terms
Form 3: Schematic design checklist  |  Excel template for Schematic design checklist
Form 4: Design/acquisition/construction milestone schedule
Form 5: Development team description/contact form
Form 6: Community engagement form
Form 7: Applicant’s certification

Attachment B: Pre-Application Consultation Process

For more information on the Pre-Application Consultation Process, visit our page on Pre-Application Consultations and Technical Assistance.

News and Announcements

REMINDER: CCE Application Portal Will Close June 1, 2023

This is a reminder that the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will be closing the CCE application portal on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. PST unless funds are exhausted sooner. All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their funding applications in the application portal by that deadline. Based on available funding, we particularly encourage applicationsfrom tribal entities across the state as well as projects located in Los Angeles County, Sacramento Area, Central Coast, and the Balance of State regions (counties in these regions are listed below and on page 8 of the CCE Request for Applications (RFA)).

You may reach out to CDSS at before the June 1st deadline if you are a tribal entity seeking to apply for CCE funds or your project is located in one of the aforementioned areas with available funding but you are unable to submit your application in the portal by the June 1st deadline.

CDSS will continue to review and award projects on a rolling basis. After June 1, 2023, CDSS will consider all application submissions and any project proposals that applicants have engaged with CDSS on before determining next steps for distribution of any remaining CCE funding.

You can find additional information about CCE and the application process on the CCE grant page. Awards are posted on the CCE Data Dashboard. Learn more about some of the recently awarded projects here.

Will there be a BHCIP Round 3: Launch Ready Part 2?

DHCS received a total of 148 applications requesting more than $2 billion in Round 3: Launch Ready funding before the Part 1 deadline and will share award announcements in June. DHCS has closed the application portal for Round 3 due to the response received in Part 1. There will not be a BHCIP Round 3: Launch Ready Part 2 application process.

Round 4: Children and Youth is now open, and applicants are encouraged to apply there for BHCIP funding. Entities could still apply for both BHCIP Round 4 and CCE at the same time, however these would be separate applications.

Visit the CCE Capital Expansion and Pre-Development page to learn more, as well as the Round 4: Children and Youth page.

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