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Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) administers the federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The MHBG funds DBH programs and community-based organizations. It helps to 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 MHBG supports activities that promote the values of recovery, resiliency and cultural competence.

The SAMHSA annual application for the MHBG serves as the District of Columbia state mental health plan for providing services for the upcoming year. It also outlines the system of care for adults, children and families, and lists performance indicators. Consumers and family members, community providers and DBH partners are encouraged to comment on the plan in the annual application.

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. The Block Grant is for a two-year period.

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

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Application