Behavioral Health Grants

The Behavioral Health Integration grants are funded with revenues from Proposition 56, a 2016 measure to support Medi-Cal through tobacco taxes. The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the program in late 2019 as a way to incentivize improvement of physical and behavioral health outcomes, care delivery efficiency, and patient experience.

PHC encouraged all eligible providers to apply, and 41 organizations – including clinics, hospitals, substance use providers, telehealth, counties, and mental health providers – submitted applications. DHCS selected 30 organizations from that group and determined the funding amounts. The BHI projects were scheduled to begin in April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHCS delayed the start until January 2021.

The funded projects address the following categories: basic behavioral health integration; maternal access to mental health and substance use treatment; medication management for co-occurring chronic medical and behavioral diagnoses; diabetes screening and treatment for those with serious mental illness; improving follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness; and improving follow-up after emergency visits for behavioral health diagnoses.

 Beacon to Carelon

Beacon Health Options is now known as Carelon Behavioral Health. You may still be screened for services by contacting (855) 765-9703.