Nearly $120 Million Awarded to Counties for Behavioral Health Bridge Housing
September 7, 2023
This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a second batch of awards for the first round of the Behavioral Health Bridge Housing (BHBH) Program. The awards announced this week total $119.5 million to 12 counties, bringing the overall awards to date of the BHBH Program to $897.1 million of the nearly $907 million available for the first round.
Established through a 2022 budget bill, the BHBH Program will provide a total of $1.5 billion in funding to county behavioral health agencies and tribal entities to operate bridge housing settings to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness with serious behavioral health conditions, including serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder. In June, DHCS announced the initial round one awards to 39 counties totaling over $777 million. The additional 12 counties awarded funds this week will be posted on the BHBH website soon.
The second round of the BHBH program is currently open for tribal entities only. Additional information on rounds three and four of the BHBH program, which will be open to county behavioral health agencies and tribal entities, will be posted on the BHBH website this fall.