Funding Alert! 2022 SAMHSA Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants


Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – FY22 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants (CCBHC Expansion Grants)

 Is your agency looking to expand services to become a certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC)? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarding $312 million in funding for nearly 156 awards in the FY2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants competition. The purpose of this program is to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental and substance use disorder treatment services through the expansion of CCBHCs. This grant has a deadline of May 17, 2022

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants are certified community behavioral health clinics or community-based behavioral health clinics that may not yet be certified but meet the certification criteria and can become certified within four months of award.

What are the program details?

Applicants to the CCBHC Expansion Grants program must:

  1. Provide services to the population(s) of focus by the twelfth month after grant award.
  2. Provide access to services including 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance disorders (COD).
  3. Provide comprehensive 24/7 access to community-based mental health and substance use disorder services, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and physical healthcare in one single location.
  4. Utilize funds to support direct services in compliance with CCBHC criteria (e.g., crisis mental health services; screening, assessment, and diagnosis; outpatient services, etc.).
  5. Directly provide or collaborate with organizations to deliver services such as primary care screening, case management, psychiatric rehabilitation, social support opportunities, and more.
  6. Establish cooperative relationships with judicial officials/court systems and provide Assisted Outpatient Treatment when ordered.
  7. Establish an Advisory Work Group.
  8. Develop and implement plans for sustainability to ensure delivery of services once federal funding ends.

For a complete list of required and allowable activities, please see the 2022 NOFO, pages 9-12.

What makes a project a good fit?

SAMHSA seeks to fund community-based behavioral health clinics who may not yet be certified but meet the certification criteria and can be certified within twelve (12) months of award. Applicants are encouraged to visit SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center. Applicants will be expected to develop a behavioral health disparities impact statement no later than 60 days after award. SAMHSA expects that recipients will use third-party reimbursements and other revenue from the provision of services to the extent possible and use SAMHSA grant funds only for services to individuals who are not fully covered by public or commercial health insurance programs. Recipients are required to report performance data quarterly on a number of measures including the number of individuals contacted, screened, and assessed; types of services received; diagnoses; physical and mental health outcomes; housing and employment status; and substance use characteristics.

What if I am ready to apply?

Here are steps you can take to move your project forward and create a competitive application:

  • View our webinar “Developing a Competitive SAMHSA CCBHC Proposal”.
    Register for this webinar for only $50! It will take you far beyond the basics of a SAMHSA CCBHC application by deep diving into what makes a proposal competitive and how to fully address each criterion. All participants will receive a scoring rubric.
  • Visit SAMHSA’s Awardee page for more information about what agencies have received these grants already.
  • Make sure your System for Award Management (SAM) registration is active and be sure you have a profile. Start now – this process can take up to six weeks! You can check your SAM status here.
  • Register in NIH’s eRA Commons and make sure your Project Director has an active eRA Commons account affiliated with your organization. You can register here.

What if I need help with this application?

AGS is here to help with an experienced team of professionals and offering a full range of services:

  • Review Services – Nervous you may miss an eligibility requirement, fail to fully address a question, or miss a required attached? With 10 pages of narrative, 30+ pages of attachments, and some 100 possible pints, these types of mistakes are all too common. Don’t let this happen to you. AGS is here to help by providing a professional review of your proposal with highly individualized feedback including suggestions to improve and more fully address each criterion.
  • Writing Services – Have a stack of other work and deadlines and not enough time to craft a high-quality SAMHSA CCBHC proposal? AGS is here to help providing comprehensive writing services from application preparation, project and budget design, and all the way to proposal submission.
  • Consultation Services – Want to ask specific questions on your SAMHSA CCBHC project and get a straight answer? AGS is here to help with video/audio consultation services from experts providing tailored guidance on your project.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of these services, please contact us! We will be happy to talk with you about this opportunity and provide you a quote for grant services.

What if I am not ready to apply this year?

Start preparing for next year! SAMHSA is forecasting a number of other funding opportunities that might be a good fit. Reach out to AGS to seek what other SAMHSA grants might be a fit for your needs.


How do I learn more about federal grant proposal writing, so my application is more likely to be successful?

AGS is proud to offer our Federal Grants Training Series, which is designed to support nonprofit leaders before and during the application process. AGS also offers several on-demand webinars on a variety of topics to support the full grant cycle. Sign up for our training newsletter to learn about our upcoming training!