New funding for Community Driven Behavioral Health in King County

Nationally, the current health system creates barriers that challenge providers and payers in providing whole person care and improving population health. According to the King County Community Health Needs Assessment 2018/2019, “People of color and low- income residents are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured and having poor health and social outcomes”.

Many health and social indicators—such as housing quality, alcohol related deaths, obesity, lack of health insurance, and smoking—show regional patterns of inequity.” Mental health and substance use disorder treatment were cited as insufficient and difficult to access, according to the Community Identified Priorities section of the report, with residents describing “steep cultural barriers, as mental health remains a taboo topics in many populations.”

A new funding opportunity is available from the MIDD Behavioral Health Sales Tax Fund to fund creative, culturally and linguistically responsive approaches to increasing awareness about behavioral health, access to behavioral health services, building communities of support, and promoting life and wellness assets in King County. 

Funding for Community Driven Behavioral Health

Funded programs should focus on promotion, prevention, and/or early intervention of behavioral health issues in communities traditionally unserved or underserved and in need of culturally and linguistically responsive, and appropriate interventions.

Successful applicants will address: 

  • Increased access to and utilization of evidence based behavioral health services and resources.
  • Improved knowledge and awareness of behavioral health services and resources.
  • Reduced stigma around behavioral health issues.
  • Improved policies and systems to support and sustain increased access to behavioral health services and resources.

Application details

Available funding: Approximately $600,000 is available in grant funding for 2021-2022.

Questions: Contact Andria Howerton at dchs-c&
Applications due: December 16, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Pre-Application Conference:

October 22, 2020 | 2:00 -3:00 pm

Join by Zoom
Join by phone: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 933-5510-5434
Passcode: 2021

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