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Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


    The MHBG program's objective is to support the grantees in carrying out plans for providing comprehensive community mental health services.

    The MHBG program targets:

    • Adults with serious mental illnesses. Includes persons age 18 and older who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional condition—as defined by the Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders. Their condition substantially interferes with, or limits, one or more major life activities, such as:
      • Basic daily living (for example, eating or dressing)
      • Instrumental living (for example, taking prescribed medications or getting around the community)
      • Participating in a family, school, or workplace
    • Children with serious emotional disturbances. Includes persons up to age 18 who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional issue (as defined by the DSM). This condition results in a functional impairment that substantially interferes with, or limits, a child's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    SAMHSA expects block grant recipients to satisfy the following performance requirements:

    • They must submit a plan explaining how they will use MHBG funds to provide comprehensive, community mental health services to adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances. SAMHSA also requires recipients to provide annual reports on their plans.
    • They may distribute funds to local government entities and non-governmental organizations.
    • They must ensure that community mental health centers provide such services as screening, outpatient treatment, emergency mental health services, and day treatment programs.
    • They must comply with general federal requirements for managing grants. They must also cooperate in efforts by SAMHSA to monitor use of MHBG funds. For example, each year, CMHS conducts investigations (site visits) of at least ten grantees receiving MHBG funds. This is to assess how they are using the funds to benefit the population.
    • Grantees receiving MHBG funds are required to form and support a state or territory mental health planning council.

    The State Mental Health Authorities Directory (PDF | 392 KB) ( lists state mental health authorities (SMHAs) who oversee the MHBG and mental health programs in their state.



  • Eligibility Details

    The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program makes funds available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 6 Pacific jurisdictions.

    Deadline Details

    State mental health authorities and single state agencies can submit applications through the electronic application system, WebBGAS (

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on scope and size of projects. There is significantly more funding available through this program in 2021 as a result of several stimulus measures. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) signed on December 27, 2020 infused $1.65 billion into the program.  The American Rescue Plan included another $1.5 billion in funding for these block grants.

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