The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) invites public and private nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to help local communities address critical intervention points through which individuals with mental and substance use disorders can be diverted from criminal justice involvement. The contract period will run from February 15, 2022, through February 14, 2023, and entities may apply for $50,000-$700,000 of funding for a one-year project aiming to build capacity or support the initial implementation of direct services. Funds may be used for collaborative planning, hiring, or contracting with behavioral health clinicians and/or peers to be embedded with law enforcement, EMTs, and other first responders when responding to community situations, training, integration of harm reduction, re-entry support, and diversion strategies. DHCS has contracted with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. as the Administrative Entity to assist in overseeing and implementing the project.
Applications are due December 22, 2021, at 4:00 PM.
For additional details on the Behavioral Health Justice Intervention Services Request for Application (RFA) click here.