Health Center Federal Policy

HHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Mental Health Service Expansion, Awards Additional Outreach and Enrollment Funding, and Indicates Future New Access Point Funding Possible

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a planned opportunity for $50 million to fund approximately 200 awards to health centers to establish or expand mental health services. According to HHS, these awards will fund health centers for efforts such as hiring new mental health and substance use disorder professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder services, and employing team-based models of care.

We’ve heard the opportunity will not be open until after the first of the year. Stay tuned for more information, but in the meantime, the HHS press release on the intent to release the funding can be viewed here.

HHS also awarded $58 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,157 health centers for the continuation of Outreach and Enrollment activities. HHS states these funds will allow health centers to expand the hours of existing outreach and enrollment assistance workers, and hire new or temporary outreach and enrollment assistance workers. The HHS press release can be viewed here and a list of awards can be viewed here.

We also saw a forecasted grant opportunity on the HHS grants webpage here for possibly $150 million in funding for additional New Access Points. We haven’t seen anything official and don’t know for certain if the funding level, number of awards, or due date are accurate, but this posting may be a window into the Administration’s plans. We will post more information as we receive it.