The act establishes the behavioral health-care continuum gap grant program in the behavioral health administration (BHA). The BHA administers the grant program. As part of the behavioral health-care continuum gap 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 community investment grant. A community-based organization, local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, local collaborative management program, judicial district juvenile services planning committee, or nonprofit organization is eligible for a children, youth, and family services grant.
The BHA must develop a behavioral health-care services assessment tool that behavioral health-care continuum gap grant program applicants can use to identify regional gaps in behavioral health and substance use disorder services, underserved populations, and unmet behavioral health needs. 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 community behavioral health-care continuum gap grant, an applicant must offer a monetary contribution or in-kind contributions that directly support the behavioral health-care services provided with the grant award. The BHA may waive the monetary or in-kind contribution requirement for applicants requesting a grant of less than $50,000. Each grant recipient must report to the BHA about its 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 act establishes the substance use workforce stability grant program in the BHA. A substance use disorder treatment provider, a recovery provider, and local governments are eligible for a grant. In order to receive a grant, a provider must prioritize providing services to voluntary and civil clients. The BHA shall prioritize awarding grants to providers that offer same-day or next-day appointments, serve low-income and marginalized populations, or intend to expand the number of individuals they serve. A grant recipient shall use a grant award to support direct care staff who spend 50% or more of their time working with clients.
The act appropriates $75 million from the behavioral and mental health cash fund to the state department for the behavioral health-care continuum gap grant program and $15 million from the behavioral and mental health cash fund to the state department for the substance use workforce stability grant program.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)