California Health Facilities Financing Authority

Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program for Children and Youth

Allow California counties and their designated nonprofit or public agency to specifically address a continuum of crisis services for children and youth, 21 years of age and under.

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If you have any questions about the HELP II program, please contact CHFFA.

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Program Description

The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 established a competitive grant program to disburse funds for the purpose of developing mental health crisis support programs. In 2016, Senate Bill 833 expanded the Mental Health Wellness Act to specifically address a continuum of crisis services for children and youth, 21 years of age and under and allocated approximately $27 million to specifically fund four mental health programs - crisis residential treatment, crisis stabilization, mobile crisis support teams and family respite care.

The grants from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) will be disbursed to California counties or to their nonprofit or public agency designees to support capital improvement, expansion and limited start-up costs.

Stakeholder Conference Call

On December 13, 2016, the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) hosted a conference call with stakeholders to discuss proposed regulations for the new Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant program for children and youth.

Materials from the conference call can be found under the following links:

All comment(s) on the proposed regulations must be received by CHFFA no later than
4:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2017

For further questions, please email CHFFA@treasurer.ca.gov or call (916) 653-2799.

Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program awardees must comply with California's prevailing wage law under Labor Code section 1720, et seq. for public works projects. The Authority recommends applicants and awardees consult with their legal counsel.