Sacramento County, along with eight other California counties, have recently been awarded a combined $15.7 million in grants under the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program for Children and Youth (CY Grant Program).
Sacramento County will be receiving $2,950,000 and will use those funds toward the Family Respite Care program.
“Behavioral Health Services is thrilled to have received this grant from the CY Grant Program,” said Ryan Quist, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director. “The grant is an opportunity to meet a current gap in respite service in Sacramento County for children and youth ages 6-17. These funds will allow us to develop a new program that would serve these children and youth and their families, regardless of insurance status, to provide short-term care, temporary relief, and sustain family health and well-being.”
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.
"There has been a great need for mental health crisis services for children and youth throughout the state of California," said California State Treasurer Fiona 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 the grant funds to 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 remaining CY Grant Program funding of more than $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