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Behavioral Health-care Continuum Gap Grant Program

Concerning a program to fund behavioral health-care services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2022 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

The bill establishes the community behavioral health-care continuum gap grant program (grant program) in the behavioral health administration (BHA). The BHA administers the grant program. As part of the grant program, the BHA may award community investment grants to support services along the continuum of behavioral health care and children, youth, and family services grants to expand youth-oriented and family-oriented behavioral health-care services. A community-based organization, local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, or nonprofit organization is eligible for a grant award.

The BHA must develop a behavioral health-care services assessment tool that grant applicants can use to identify regional gaps in services on the behavioral health-care service continuum. In awarding grants, the BHA shall give preference to applicants providing a service that addresses a gap in services identified with the BHA's assessment tool or a county, regional, or community assessment tool .

In order to receive a grant, an applicant must submit an application and identify a source of contributing funds or nonfinancial contributing resources, such as in-kind contributions that directly support the behavioral health-care services provided with the grant award.

Each grant recipient must report to the BHA information about the use of the grant award. The state department of human services must include information about the grant program in its annual "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearing.

The bill appropriates $90 million from the behavioral and mental health cash fund to the state department for the grant program.

The bill establishes the substance use workforce stability grant program in the BHA. A substance use disorder treatment provider or a recovery provider is eligible for a grant. In order to receive a grant, a provider must prioritize providing services to voluntary and civil clients. A grant recipient shall use a grant award to support direct care staff who spend 50 percent or more of their time working with clients.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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