Behavioral Health Services Grants

Matching Grant Programs

The 85th Legislature authorized the creation or funding of the following behavioral health collaborative matching grant programs for the 2018–19 biennium to support community programs or other collaborative mental health service providers, behavioral health services or both to specific Texas populations.

Community Mental Health Grant Program

The Community Mental Health Grant Program supports community mental health programs providing services and treatment for people with mental illness.

Mental Health Grant for Justice-Involved Individuals

The Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals aims to reduce recidivism rates, arrests and incarceration among people with mental illness, and reduce the wait time for forensic commitments.

Healthy Community Collaborative Program

The Healthy Community Collaborative program's goals are to help clients with recovery and reintegration within their communities by providing permanent housing and connect clients with support services such as mental health and substance use treatment and employment assistance. Senate Bill 1849, 85th Legislature, 2017, known as the Sandra Bland Act, expanded the program to include community collaborative providers serving two or more counties with a population of less than 100,000 each.

Medicaid Services Capacity for High-Needs Children in the Foster Care System Grant Program

This one-time statewide matching grant program aims to increase access to targeted case management and rehabilitative services for high-needs children in the foster care system. The Medicaid Services Capacity for High-Needs Children in the Foster Care System primer (PDF) provides stakeholders with an overview of this funding opportunity.

Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program

The goal of the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program is to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families by supporting local communities across the state to expand the availability of, increase access to, and enhance the delivery of mental health treatment and services.

Federal Grants

Federal grants may be categorized into two types: discretionary grants and block grants. Discretionary grants may be awarded at the discretion of the assigned federal agency, through a competitive review process, to states, local governments, universities, or various organizations, while block grants are grants that must be awarded to qualifying states, territories or federally recognized tribes.

Introduction to Block Grants (PDF)

Draft Texas Uniform Application for State Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Block Grant Application

HHS stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft Texas Uniform Application for State Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Block Grant Application for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

Submit comments to BHS_Operations@hhsc.state.tx.us by close of business Thursday August 8, 2019 as follows:

  • Subject line: insert “MHSABG Comments”
  • Body of email: include the section title and page number for each comment

Community Mental Health Block Grant

This two-year federal block grant funds comprehensive community mental health services through contracts with local mental health authorities and local behavioral health authorities across the state. Funds are used to plan, carry out and evaluate related activities. Adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances are prioritized for state-funded treatment services that follow federal guidelines.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

This two-year federal block grant funds comprehensive substance use disorder prevention, intervention and treatment services through contracts with community organizations across the state. Funds are used to plan, implement and evaluate related activities. Pregnant injecting drug users, pregnant women and intravenous drug users are prioritized for state-funded treatment services to meet federal guidelines.

Disaster Response – Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program

After a presidential disaster declaration is made, the state applies for federal grants, which are granted to local mental health authorities, local behavioral health authorities or other providers (such as education service centers) in the impacted service area(s). The grants provide short-term interventions to people having psychological reactions because of the disaster.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

This annual federal grant provides funding to reduce or eliminate homelessness for people with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. The grant is specifically for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

State Youth Treatment – Implementation

This three-year federal grant funds the increase of youth assessment, treatment and recovery services in four regions of the state, including three major metropolitan areas (Houston, San Antonio and Austin) and the underserved rural region of the Texas Panhandle. Services target youth ages 12–18. The state contracts with provider agencies to engage in a collaborative model to offer high-quality assessment and treatment using the evidence-based Global Appraisal of Individual Needs assessment, the Seven Challenges program model and recovery supports.

State Targeted Response

This two-year federal grant addresses the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs and decreasing opioid overdose-related deaths by providing prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs

SPF-Rx is a five-year federal grant aimed at raising awareness about the risks of overprescribing to young adults, and bringing prescription misuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, and parents.

Texas First Responders - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

FR-CARA is a four-year grant. The goal of this collaborative project is to reduce opioid overdose related mortality rates, strengthen the success of first response to overdose, and coordinate care for overdose survivors in Bexar County.

State Opioid Response Grant

This is a two-year grant that includes funding prevention activities, treatment and recovery services, as well as integrated projects. In order to meet federal grantee requirements and be more efficient in deployment of funds and services, HHSC plans to expand existing contracts and partner with governmental entities such as academic institutions and LMHAs that provide OSAR functions to expedite the deployment of funds in order to maintain and expand quality services.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success

SPF-PFS is a five-year federal grant that provides funding to carry out evidence-based environmental strategies for prevention and to build sustainable prevention infrastructure. The state contracts with eight community providers in high-need areas to address underage drinking as well as prescription drug misuse and abuse among young adults. The funds also support state efforts to enhance the availability and use of data in policy and program planning and decision-making.