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. The third round, now in process, is focused on two communities: LGBTQI2S clients and consumers, and isolated adults and older adults.