The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) will expand the behavioral health continuum of treatment and service resources in settings that serve Californians ages 25 and younger, including pregnant and postpartum women and their children, and transition-age youth, along with their families. While other rounds of the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) funding also allow infrastructure expansion for this population, the purpose of Round 4: Children and Youth is to specifically address the significant gaps in behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) facilities for children and youth in California.
The BHCIP’s Round 4: Children and Youth awarded $480.5 million in grant funding to 54 projects in December 2022. This funding will help improve California’s behavioral health continuum serving vulnerable populations, including those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Addressing historic gaps in health care delivery, these investments will ensure care can be provided in the least restrictive settings by increasing a wide range of options, including community wellness/youth prevention centers, outpatient treatment for substance use disorders, school-linked health centers, and outpatient community mental health clinics. BHCIP will also increase options for alternatives to incarceration, hospitalization, homelessness, and institutionalization by better meeting the needs of vulnerable populations who face the greatest barriers to accessing care.
Dedicate funding from the state BHCIP to support children and youth.
Invest in behavioral health and community care options that advance racial equity.
Seek geographic equity of behavioral health and community care options.
Address urgent gaps in the care continuum for people with behavioral health conditions.
Ensure care can be provided in the least restrictive settings to support community integration, choice, and autonomy.
Released Request for Application (RFA) for grants to fund infrastructure projects targeted to children and youth.
Grant funding to 54 projects was announced in December 2022.
Behavioral health assessment report released.
RFA released (children and youth).
Round 4 grants announced.
Construction of projects anticipated to begin.
The last project is expected to be completed.