California Health Facilities Financing Authority

Peer Respite Care Grant Program

Designed to allow California counties and their designated nonprofit or public agency to apply for grant funds that can be used for the purpose of providing an additional level of care to those experiencing or at risk of a mental health crisis.

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The Peer Respite Care Grant Program provided Grant fund to California counties to support the development of programs that increase access to and capacity for crisis mental health services operated by peers. Peer respite programs are voluntary, short-term residential programs that provide an alternative to psychiatric emergency services by offering a less coercive or intrusive supporting environment for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, but who are not deemed dangerous to others.

The Peer Respite Care Grant Program (“Program”) was appropriated three million dollars ($3,000,000) with the chaptering of Senate Bill 75 on June 24, 2015. The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) drafted emergency regulations to implement the Program. These regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on February 1, 2016. Upon the emergency regulations becoming effective, a funding round was opened, which included the criteria and application form by which counties could apply for Peer Respite Care Grant funds. All funds for the Program were allocated during that funding round. As no additional grant funds were made available, the regulations were repealed effective August 2, 2016.

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program awardees must comply with California’s prevailing wage law under Labor Code section 1720, et seq. for public works projects. CHFFA recommends applicants and awardees consult with their legal counsel.