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. The Behavioral Health Collaborative Matching Grant Program Primer (PDF) provides a thorough overview of each grant program, including authorizing legislation, matching requirements, service outcomes and a detailed listing of current grantees.

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. The Community Mental Health Grant Program FY20 report card (PDF) highlights notable grant information and performance achievements specific to FY20. The report card has an overview of the grant program with performance outcomes and a listing of the program grantees.

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. The Mental Health Grant for Justice-Involved Individuals FY20 report card (PDF) highlights notable grant information and performance achievements specific to FY20. The report card has an overview of the grant program with performance outcomes and a listing of the program grantees.

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. The Healthy Community Collaborative Program FY20 report card (PDF) highlights notable grant information and performance achievements specific to FY20. The report card has an overview of the grant program with performance outcomes and a listing of the program grantees.

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. The Texas Veterans + Family Alliance FY20 report card (PDF) highlights notable grant information and performance achievements specific to FY20. The report card has an overview of the grant program with performance outcomes and a listing of the program grantees.

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)

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 Opioid Response Grant

This is a two-year opioid response grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration that funds the behavioral health continuum of care, treatment and/or recovery services. The strategies include medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, peer recovery coaching, disposal of prescription drugs, and overdose-related emergency response services.

Through the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program, the grant aims to address the opioid crisis by reducing unmet treatment need and opioid overdose-related deaths through its evidence-based programming.