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Behavioral Health Services Block Grants

The Department of Behavioral Health administers both the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Block Grants fund agency programs and community-based organizations.  The Block Grants help improve the quality of behavioral health services by funding activities that encourage and enhance evidence-based practices, quality improvement and good consumer outcomes. Also, the Block Grants support activities that promote the values of recovery, resiliency and cultural competence. The Block Grant award is for a two-year period.

The annual applications for the Block Grants serve as the District of Columbia state plan for providing mental and substance use disorder services for the upcoming year. It also outlines the system of care for adults, children and families, and lists performance indicators. Consumers, clients  and family members, community providers and DBH partners are encouraged to comment on the plan in the annual applications.

The Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Council issued a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund projects under the FY 2016-FY 2017 Community Mental Health Services Block Grant. The deadline for submitting an application is 4:45 pm, Monday, June 20, 2016. The Behavioral Health Council serves as an advisory body to the DBH and makes recommendations to the Director for the use of Block Grant funds.  

Click the links for the documents below:

FY 2016-FY-2017 Mental Health Block Grant Application
FY 2016-FY 2017 Mental Health Block Grant Application Revisions
FY 2016-FY 2017 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Application

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Application