The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is now accepting applications for the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) Behavioral Health Improvement grant. We are awarding up to nine $90,000 10-month grants to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care and services in SBHCs serving K-12 students in Washington public schools, with a focus on communities and populations who have been historically underserved.
Applications must come from the Sponsoring Health Care Agency (a health care organization such as a community clinic, hospital, health care system, public health department, federally- or locally-controlled Tribal health clinic, and/or Tribal health program) of an existing SBHC (or one that will be operational within the grant period), and projects must serve a school with a high proportion of students (60% or more) who come from a historically underserved community or population.
Please share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.
Message from the Washington State Department of Health:
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) anticipates posting a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) on May 16, 2022, to increase access to and quality of behavioral health care and services in school-based health centers (SBHCs). We expect to close the application period on June 15, 2022.
The behavioral health SBHC grant program will award up to nine 10-month grants of $90,000 each for SBHCs in Washington to add, improve, or expand behavioral health care services for K-12 students in public schools. This program is in addition to (and separate from) the general SBHC grant program, which closed April 15, 2022. If you applied for a DOH SBHC grant, you are welcome to apply for a SBHC Behavioral Health Improvement grant as well.
To be eligible, applicants must be the Sponsoring Health Care Agency of an established (or actively being established) SBHC and serve a high proportion of students from a historically underserved community or population. More details will be available on the Behavioral Health SBHC Grant Information page when the RFA is posted.
In the meantime, here’s what you can do:
- Please share this upcoming opportunity with your networks.
- Think about potential behavioral health improvement/expansion projects that would address a behavioral health need in the community served at your SBHC.
- Talk to your partners about the opportunity. Applicants will need to collect and submit letters of support from the school and community where the SBHC is located.
Our goal is to post more detailed information, as well as the application, on our website on May 16, 2022. Please email any questions to Mary Simock, School-Based Health Center Program Coordinator, at email@example.com. Answers to question topics will be posted in a weekly FAQ on our website.
Please note: While the funding opportunity deadline is noted as April 4 (today), if interested, please contact Jill Patnode (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Kaiser Permanente Washington about a request for extension.
The Champions for School Health project, to increase confidence in and access to pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations, is created in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and with the financial support of Kaiser Permanente in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. The project will address both the immediate and long-term goals and outcomes of:
- increasing pediatric COVID-19 vaccination rates among children aged 5-11,
- increasing confidence in pediatric COVID-19 vaccines,
- creating sustainable school and community partnerships, and
- increasing health equity for under-resourced communities.
Applicants can receive up to $10K for projects/activities. Again, while the funding opportunity deadline is noted as April 4 (today), if interested, please contact Jill Patnode (email@example.com) at Kaiser Permanente Washington about a request for extension.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) plans to post a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for the School-Based Health Centers – Improving Health Care Access for Children and Adolescents in Washington grant program on March 15, 2022. The application period will close on April 15, 2022. Access the DOH WA Portal website here.
The DOH grant program will award $1.35 million in 12-month grants to establish and expand school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Washington State for K-12 students in public schools, with a focus on communities and populations who have been historically underserved. DOH is awarding the grants as part of implementing Substitute House Bill 1225. DOH expects to award three or more of each of the following grant types:
- Planning Grants: Up to $50,000 each, to plan for a new SBHC in a community or school where one does not currently operate
- Start-Up Grants: Up to $250,000 each, to start and open a SBHC where one does not currently operate
- Operational, Expansion, and/or Improvement Grants: Up to $150,000 each, to maintain, improve, or expand existing SBHC operations
Please share this upcoming opportunity with your networks. Potential applicants can begin preparing for the application now by:
- Identifying how a SBHC project could improve a need in their community
- Collecting Letters of Support, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, Tribal Resolutions, and/or Tribal Letters of Support from partners, such as:
- School and school district administration
- School nurse
- Organizations or representative groups of the community/population of focus
You’ll be able to find more information and the application on the DOH’s WA Portal website as of March 15, 2022. If you have any questions about the grant opportunity, please contact Mary Simock, School-Based Health Center Program Coordinator, in the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement at the DOH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advancing Student and Staff Health with COVID-19 Relief Funding, authored by the School Superintendents’ Association, FutureEd, Healthy Schools Campaign, and Kaiser Permanente, provides guiding principles that school districts can use to make student and staff health a priority in plans for using COVID-19 relief funding.