IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: County Crisis System Funding Opportunity

Dear County Mental Health Administrator Colleagues,

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is pleased to announce funding opportunities that are being made available through Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (CMHSBG) COVID-19 Response Funding, granted to states through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), in combination with funds from Pennsylvania’s annual CMHSBG award.  Awards from this funding opportunity will be in addition to the annual CMHSBG allocation each County/Joinder receives to support the behavioral health system.  Funds totaling up to $48.2M will be made available to County Mental Health Administrations to assist in the development of the full continuum of behavioral health crisis services.  

Attached to this email, you will find the funding guidelines, application and budget form to request ARPA crisis funds. The application deadline for this opportunity is November 9, 2022.

There will be a forum for potential applicants to ask questions and seek clarification on October 12, 2002 at 9:00am. To participate in this meeting, please use the Microsoft Teams link located below. A call in number is also provided (1-267-332-8737 ID: 235600555#) for those who may need it.

If there are additional questions in the meantime, please reach out to the Crisis Resource Account at

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