CSAC Bulletin Article

Proposition 1: Recording Now Available for First Listening Session on the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act: BHCIP Rounds 7 & 8

May 9, 2024

The recording and materials for the first public listening session hosted by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on April 19, 2024, on Proposition 1 – Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2024 Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Round 7 and Round 8: Unmet Needs – are now available. This was the first of monthly public listening sessions being held through October 2024:


Proposition 1, which was approved by the voters, appeared on the March 5 statewide primary election ballot as a legislatively referred state statute consisting of two main components – the Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA) (SB 326) and the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act (BHIBA) (AB 531) – providing for statutory changes to reform the state’s behavioral health system and create more supportive housing and behavioral health treatment resources. The BHIBA authorizes a $6.38 billion general obligation bond to develop an array of behavioral health treatment facilities, residential care settings, and supportive housing.

DHCS reports it is developing plans for distribution of $4.3 billion in BHIBA funds for BHCIP competitive grants. Of note to counties, $1.5 billion of the BHCIP total is to be awarded through grants exclusively to counties, cities, and tribal entities; and local jurisdictions are not precluded from applying for additional funds.

More information on current BHCIP rounds is available on the BHCIP website. Questions related to the public listening session may be submitted to BHTinfo@DHCS.ca.gov.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Information on future sessions will also be posted on the DHCS Behavioral Health Transformation (BHT) webpage.

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