Innovation Grants Round Three

Welcome to the Innovation Grants Program

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Funding

MHSA Innovation funding is intended to provide mental health systems with an opportunity to learn from innovative approaches. Funding is provided for an 18-month period, with the expectation that a grant recipient will submit a report of findings before the end of that period. Innovation Grant Program funding is not designed to support existing or ongoing programs or services, but rather to provide our system with innovative demonstration projects that will support system change and improve client/consumer outcomes.

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) developed an Innovation Grants Program to solicit, fund and learn from community proposals. The first round of funding focused on community-defined strategies, and the second round focused on recommendations stemming from the BHCS African American Utilization Report.

In 2011, in anticipation of potential MHSA Innovation Grants Program funding, BHCS commissioned two consulting projects, to conduct a demographic analysis and provide a summary of the significant behavioral health care needs for these target populations. The purpose of these projects was to provide BHCS with an analysis of the specific needs of each target population, which would inform the development of learning questions for potential inquiry funded by Innovation grants; to recommend outreach and engagement strategies; and to provide other pertinent information regarding the target population.

For Round Three, BHCS Leadership identified two target populations with specific needs:

  • Isolated Adults and Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Two Spirit (LGBTQI2S) Clients/Consumers

Innovation Grants Round Three Consultation Reports:

Selected Innovation Grant Round Three Grantees

The following INN 3 projects will address the needs of the Isolated Adults and Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness (View Learning Questions):

Project Name An SRO Culture of Inclusion to Decrease Isolation Among Residents with Serious Mental Illness
Grantee Public Health Institute

Project Name Asian Elder Wellness Project
Grantee Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA)

Project Name City of Fremont Peer Mental Health Coach Program: A Community Mental Health Model
Grantee City of Fremont

Project Name PEP Peer Elder Program
Grantee St. Mary's Center

Project Name Project Asian Reach (PAR): Home and Place-based Outreach to Chinese and Korean Isolated/Older Adults
Grantee Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)

Project Name Reaching In: Reducing Isolation Due to Mental Illness by Partnering With Family Members/Loved Ones
Grantee CJM Associates, an Innovative Project Partner of the Center for Family Counseling

Project Name Refugee Well-Being Project
Grantee International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Project Name Special Message Project
Grantee Peers Envisioning & Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)

Project Name Stepping Out and Reaching in (SOAR)
Grantee Senior Support Program Of The Tri-Valley

Project Name Thrive: Teaming Housing Residents with Interest-based Volunteer Exercises
Grantee Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP)

The following INN 3 Grantees will address needs of LGBTQI2S clients and consumers (View Learning Questions):

Project Name Alameda County Peer Support & Congregation Collaborative - Welcoming Toolkit Feedback
GranteeCalifornia Institute for Mental Health (CiMH)

Project NameAlameda County Peer Support & Congregation Collaborative - Education & Peer Support Project
GranteeCalifornia Institute for Mental Health (CiMH)

Project NameAdapting Supports for LGBTQI2S People And Their Families Based On The Intersections of Age and Cultural Considerations
GranteeThe Pacific Center for Human Growth

Project NameAddressing LGBTQ Elder Healthcare Disparities: Developing Tools for Online Training
GranteeLavender Seniors

Project NameCommunity Inclusion Project for Age-Based LGBTQI2S Provider Training Curriculum
GranteeThe Pacific Center for Human Growth

Project NameCritical Conversations: Talking About LGBTQI2S Transition Age Youth & Mental Health
GranteeSunny Hill Services / Bay Area Youth Centers (BAYC)

Project NameImproving LGBTQI2S Competency for Providers Through Small Group Trainings and Follow Up Supports
GranteeThe Pacific Center for Human Growth

Project NameLambda Youth Project (for Children & Youth)
GranteeHorizons Services, Inc.

Project NameLambda Youth Project (for Transition Age Youth)
GranteeHorizons Services, Inc.

Project NameLGBTQI2S Welcoming Strategies Toolkit for Providers
GranteeThe Pacific Center for Human Growth

Project NameOyate Tupu'anga Project: Healing Indigenous Two Spirit and Takataapui Communities
GranteeCommunity Health for Asian Americans (CHAA)

Project NameRainbow to Wellness
GranteeAsian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)

Project NameUnconditional Pride: A Clinical Framework for Partnering with LGBTQI2S Youth & Allies
GranteeSeneca Center

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February 28, 2014
Round Two Final Learning Conference

March 17, 2014
INN 3 Kick Off Event

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