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Treasurer Fiona Ma announces $15.7 million in grants for mental health services for children, youth

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced that over $15 million in grants have been awarded to nine California counties under the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program for Children and Youth (CY Grant Program).

This competitive grant program funds facility acquisition, construction and renovation costs, furnishings and equipment acquisition, information technology costs and applicable program startup or expansion costs for crisis residential treatment facilities, crisis stabilization facilities, mobile crisis support teams, and family respite care programs.

Chapter 30, Statutes of 2016 (SB 833), Section 20, expanded the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 to specifically address a continuum of crisis services for children and youth, 21 years of age and under.

“There has been a great need for mental health crisis services for children and youth throughout the state of California,” said Treasurer Ma. “This need has grown even more so now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The California Health Facilities Financing Authority’s (CHFFA) board, which is chaired by Treasurer Ma, awarded approximately $15.7 million in grant funds to nine California counties (Contra Costa, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Tulare) to add nine crisis residential treatment beds, 24 crisis stabilization beds, eight mobile crisis support teams and a family respite care program for the benefit of eleven counties (the Counties of Del Norte and Trinity are expected to benefit from the project in the County of Humboldt). Details on county awards are illustrated in the table below:

State mental health awards by county courtesy of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.
State mental health awards by county courtesy of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

The remaining CY Grant Program funding of over $22 million will be available for a third funding round that will open in May 2021 and close on October 29, 2021. “I look forward to even more awards in the near future with another $22 million available to be awarded in a third funding round to ensure that more children and youth receive much needed mental health crisis services,” Treasurer Ma said.

For more information regarding the CY Grant Program, or other grant funding opportunities, please visit CHFFA’s website.

The article above was released by the California Treasurer’s Office

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