The Washington State Department of Commerce Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) program is accepting applications for grant funds to support the development of Adult or Child Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) across the state. Eligible CSU facilities can use a 23-hour service model to provide crisis stabilization and triage – often referred to as drop-in centers or a living-room model – a 23+ hour model in a residential setting with a maximum 14-day length of stay, or a combination of the two models. The grant funds are for reimbursement of capital projects, such as acquisition, design and construction costs associated with establishing these facilities.
Although not directly related to this funding opportunity, WSHA strongly advocated for SB 5120 in the 2023 legislative session. This bill establishes a licensure or certification type for 23-hour crisis relief centers for adults, a model which was not previously defined in statute. The Washington Health Care Authority will establish a funding model and payment rates for Medicaid services provided in the new crisis relief centers. Pre-application materials for the capital funding grants are due June 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity to learn more. (Ashlen Strong)