BHA launches four new grant opportunities for Colorado communities

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: December 16, 2022

The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) recently announced that over $130 million in grant opportunities are now available for communities across the state. Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, the grants support behavioral health care as the nation emerges from the pandemic.  

These investments are intended to serve as a community anchor for improving mental and behavioral health in our state. Technical assistance is also available for grant writing, program design, and needs assessment.  

The grant programs were developed as a result of a pair of bills passed earlier this year – SB22-196, Health Needs Of Persons In Criminal Justice System, and  HB22-1281, Behavioral Health-care Continuum Gap Grant Program. The following four programs are currently open for applications: 

  • Community Investment Grant Program 
  • Children, Youth, and Families Grant Program 
  • Substance Use Workforce Stability Grant Program 
  • Criminal Justice Early Intervention Grant Program

Services that support youth mental health and social emotional development promote positive outcomes and decrease risky behaviors among youth and adolescents, including substance use. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2021, a group of the nation’s experts in child health declared the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents a national emergency. Nationally, the twin crises of mental health and COVID-19 are impacting adolescent girls and children of color disproportionately compared to adolescent boys and white children. These grants, especially the ones targeted at youth, are a critical investment in more positive mental health outcomes amongst people across the state.  

Read more about these grant programs and funding timelines on the BHA Funding Opportunities webpage. 

 

 

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