The Department of Behavioral Health administers both the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) 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-years.
The biennial combined MHBG and SABG application for the Block Grants serves 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 bi-annual application. Please direct comments on both the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) to Estelle Jacqueline Richardson at [[email protected]].
To review a complete history of applications and reports related to the Mental Health and Substance Use Block Grants, District of Columbia residents can access WebBGAS at https://bgas.samhsa.gov. District residents may register as a citizen. Once logged in to WebBGAS, all users, including citizen users, can view the information on the SAMHSA contacts page. If any DC resident has questions or experiences issues with WebBGAS, contact the WebBGAS Help Desk at [email protected] or 1-888-301-2427.
Click links for the documents below:
FY 2018-FY 2019 MHBG and SABG Combined Application (revised)
FY 2020-FY2021 MHBG and SABG Combined Application FY 20-21 Final Version.pdf
FY 2018-FY2019 Mental Health Block Grant Application (revised)
FY 2018-2019 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Application (draft)
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
FY 2016-FY 2017 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Application Revisions