Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), is the administrative entity for the following Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Social Services (DSS) programs: 

  • Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) 
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) 
  • Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program 
  • California Hub and Spoke System State Opioid Response III (H&SS SOR III) 

Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP)  

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) launched the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) to address historic gaps in the state’s behavioral health care continuum and meet the growing demand for services and supports across the life span. DHCS was authorized through 2021 legislation to establish BHCIP and award approximately $2.1 billion to construct, acquire, and expand properties and to invest in mobile crisis infrastructure related to behavioral health. Learn more and apply to the current round of funding.

Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) 

DHCS is expanding California’s behavioral health (BH) workforce to improve access, engagement, and productive participation in BH services for individuals and communities throughout the state. Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) projects, DHCS aims to diversify and enhance the BH workforce across geography, race, ethnicity, language, culture, sexual orientation, gender identification, and other provider characteristics to improve access to BH services by ensuring that communities find themselves represented in their care providers.  Efforts to fund equity and growth in the BH workforce are progressing through four projects: Peer Workforce Investment (PWI), Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC), the Mentored Internship Program (MIP) and the impending Recruitment and Retention project, slated for launch in Summer 2023.

The PWI and EPOC projects are focused on increasing the capacity of peer-run programs to support  people on their process of recovery from mental health issues, substance use disorder, or both. These projects are also geared toward preparing peers for Peer Specialist Certification and delivery of peer Medi-Cal reimbursable services in 2023. Round 1 of the PWI and EPOC projects run from July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023, and fund 45 peer run behavioral health organizations.

The MIP project provides opportunities for students 18 and older, and at multiple stages of their education, to gain practical on-the-job experience. The goal of the MIP project is to enhance the professional development of a diverse selection of students through thoughtful mentored internships. Round 1 of the MIP project runs from April 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023 and funds 84 non-profit organizations and county-operated behavioral health service providers across 127 sites in 34 counties. Apply for Mentored Internship Project Round 2 funding!

Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program 

The Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Expansion (CCE) Capital Expansion Program will provide $570 million in funding for acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation to preserve and expand adult and senior care facilities that serve applicants or recipients of Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) applicants and recipients, including those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  

The CCE Preservation Program has made noncompetitive allocations to counties for the preservation of licensed residential and senior care facilities serving applicants and recipients of SSI/SSP and CAPI, including those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The funding was made available in $55 million in Operating Subsidy Payments to cover potential or projected operating deficits in existing residential adult and senior care facilities so they can avoid closure and $140 million in Capital Project funding to allow facilities to make essential physical repairs or necessary upgrades to avoid closure or make the facility compliant with licensing standards.

Behavioral Health Bridge Housing (BHBH) Program

Through the Behavioral Health Bridge Housing (BHBH) Program, DHCS will provide $1.5 billion in funding for the operation of bridge housing settings to address the immediate and sustainable housing needs of people experiencing homelessness who have serious behavioral health conditions, including a serious mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorder (SUD). BHBH Program funding is divided among four requests for applications (RFAs): a noncompetitive round for county behavioral health agencies (BHAs), a competitive round for tribal entities, and two additional competitive rounds for both county BHAs and tribal entities that will target specific identified gaps. Learn more and apply for the current round of funding. 

Incompetent to Stand Trial Diversion and Community Based Restoration Infrastructure Project (IST) Program

California’s Department of State Hospitals’ Incompetent to Stand Trial Diversion and Community Based Restoration Infrastructure Project provides $468.8 million in one-time grant funding to California counties to build, acquire, or develop residential housing settings for people who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial (IST). The focus of this project is to provide intensive treatment and wraparound services in a community-based, home-like setting in support of the Department’s Felony Mental Health Diversion Program and Community Based Restoration Program. 

The State of California has seen significant growth in the number of people who are found IST for various charges and committed to the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) for competency restoration services. Competency restoration is the process of providing therapy, education, medication, and other services to help a person regain their competency to the point they are able to understand and participate in their case within the justice system.

The number of people in need of these services currently exceeds the state’s capacity to serve them, resulting in people waiting for the care they need. The DSH IST Infrastructure Project creates more access to mental health services through diversion and community-based treatment and is one of several DSH projects to serve this population. Learn more here.

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