Behavioral Health SBHC Grant Information

The purpose of this request for funding applications (RFA) is to build capacity for SBHCs to increase access to and improve the quality of behavioral health care and services for children and adolescents in communities that are historically underserved in the state of Washington as part of our continued efforts to reduce racial/ethnic, economic, and geographic disparities. 

DOH expects to award up to nine, $90,000 awards in grant funds to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care and services in SBHCs. Grant awards will be for a 10-month period to start; funding after one year is not guaranteed and will be dependent on meeting grant deliverables and availability of state funding. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process.

Eligibility and Grant Requirements

Behavioral Health Improvement grant applicants must be the Sponsoring Health Care Agency of an established (or actively being established) SBHC that can do all of the following:

  • Have a license to do business in the State of Washington, or comparable equivalent
  • Manage funds, staff, and operations for the intended SBHC
  • Has the infrastructure and capacity to complete all required grant activities and activities for your proposed project
  • Provide appropriate clinical supervision to the SBHC (medical, behavioral health, dental) and ensure all providers practice within the scope of their licenses.
  • Bill third parties, including Medicaid and/or other federal sources, for reimbursement of services.
  • Provide required and optional SBHC data to the Washington State Department of Health to meet reporting requirements.
  • Have agreements in place with the school and school district where the SBHC is located.
  • The school where the SBHC is located must be a public school (including charter schools, and locally or federally operated Tribal schools) serving students between Kindergarten and 12th grade in Washington state.

Your SBHC must also:

  • Serve at least 60% or more students from a community or population that has been historically underserved
  • Be in or next to the school building the SBHC will serve
  • Provide comprehensive and integrated medical and behavioral health care services, or referrals to appropriate providers
  • Meet the Behavioral Health Improvement grant requirements for SBHC services and staffing (see Table 2 of the RFA)
  • Have a financial need for grant funds

To Apply:

Please review the Request for Funding Applications. Then complete and submit the online application, with all required attachments, by 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time) on June 15, 2022.

Templates for the required attachments are available for download in the application and include:

  • SBHC budget narrative
  • SBHC itemized budget
  • Project workplan
  • Performance measure plan
  • Letter of Support and/or other formal agreement from the school administration, school district administration, and school nurse
  • Letter of Support from a community organization that represents the community/population the SBHC will serve


  • May 17, 2022 – Request for Funding Applications (RFA) posted
  • June 15, 2022, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time – Applications due
  • July 18, 2022 – Notification of Contract Awards
  • September 1, 2022 – Anticipated project start date

Grant Application Support

Frequently Asked Questions

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Informational Video (coming soon)

We will post an informational video describing the grant opportunity and application process here by May 30, 2022.