Office of Behavioral Health Submits 2020-2021 Behavioral Health Block Grant Application

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has accepted Colorado’s combined mental health and substance use federal block grant application for Federal Fiscal Years 2020-21.

As the State Mental Health Authority and the State Substance Abuse Authority, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) established and submitted Colorado’s combined behavioral health assessment and plan, which outlines the requirements of the block grants. SAMHSA’s block grants are noncompetitive grants that provide OBH with approximately $13 million in funding for mental health and approximately $29 million for substance use services.

Block grant program funds support prevention, treatment, recovery supports and other services that will supplement services covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.

OBH provided an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the state block grant plan and considered all requests following a 30-day public notice period. OBH incorporated the comments and responses within the allowable uses of funds.

OBH thanks its stakeholders for their feedback, which is made public here to facilitate ongoing comment after the submission of the plan to SAMHSA.