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Health Resources & Services Administration: Mental Health Service Expansion – Behavioral Health Integration (BHI)

Deadline: March 3, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Mental Health Service Expansion – Behavioral Health Integration (BHI). The purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve and expand the delivery of behavioral health services through the establishment/ enhancement of an integrated primary care/behavioral health model at existing health centers. The source of funding for this competitive, supplemental opportunity is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specifically, this funding opportunity will:
1. Increase access to behavioral health services, and
2. Increase the number of health centers with integrated primary care and behavioral health models of care.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of need for behavioral health services in their community/target population, a sound proposal to meet this need, and readiness to rapidly implement the proposal. In addition, applicants must show that BHI grant funds will increase access to comprehensive, culturally competent, collaborative, and integrated behavioral health services. Applicants are expected to explain how services will be made available to all individuals in the service area while maximizing collaboration with existing behavioral health providers in the community.

Applicants must propose a plan for achieving or enhancing a fully-integrated primary care and behavioral health services model of care. The plan must include:
1. Use of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and other evidence-based practices, including tracking of the new Depression Screening and Follow Up performance measure;
2. Addition of at least one onsite, full-time equivalent (FTE) licensed behavioral health provider;
3. Use of a team-based, integrated model of care.

Amount: Anticipated Total Annual Available Funding: $50 million; Estimated Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year for two years.

Eligibility: Existing Health Center Program grantees that currently receive operational funding under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act and did NOT receive new start/initial New Access Point funding in FY 2013 or FY 2014 are eligible to apply.

Link: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/bhi/

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