The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting grant applications for its new Behavioral Health Fund.

The goal of the Behavioral Health Fund grant program is to address behavioral health (mental health and substance use) needs before people are in crisis.

Nonprofit organizations have until November 19 to apply.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Show potential for positive, long-term outcomes for vulnerable populations, such as children, youth, and seniors.
  • Serve communities that are disproportionately impacted by behavioral health issues and underserved by behavioral health supports.
  • Represent a collaboration of multiple organizations including, but not limited to, public sector partnerships.
  • Demonstrate a path toward sustainability.
  • Connect meaningfully to existing health investments and state priorities.

The Behavioral Health Fund was created in August 2018 by the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner with funding from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. The Fund is intended to “improve the behavioral health of Rhode Islanders by supporting strategies and service models that enhance primary and secondary prevention and access to high quality, affordable behavioral health care services.

Here are the details on the opportunity.