Request for Applications – Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment, and Healing (EmPATH) Units RFA EmPATH-001


Status: Closed

Written Questions Due Date: January 11, 2023 by 3:00 PM
Application Submission Due Date: February 17, 2023 February 24, 2023 by 3:00 PM

The Commission is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) for the expansion of EmPATH units. In September 2022, to help build strategies to reduce unnecessary Emergency Department utilization and hospitalizations, the Commission allocated $17 million in Mental Health Wellness Act funds from Budget Years 2021-22 and 2022-23 to expand the number of EmPATH crisis stabilization units throughout California hospitals and 24-hour health care facilities that currently operate an emergency department treating mental health clients. EmPATH units streamline emergency department assessment of the health needs of mental health consumers and quickly transitions them out of emergency departments into a calming space that allows for the rapid assessment, support of behavioral health needs, and linkage to other services.

The Commission will award six grants to licensed California hospitals that currently operate an acute care emergency department, including treatment of mental health emergency clients. Eligible applicants include for-profit, not-for-profit, faith-based, and tribally operated hospitals that serve unserved and/or underserved populations to address disparities in access to effective and culturally appropriate behavioral health services.

Notice of Intent to Award – March 20, 2023 (Click to View)

Request for Applications (Click Link to Download):
Request for Applications RFA-EmPATH-001 Addendum 2
RFA-EmPATH-001 Addendum 2 Change Log

Questions and Responses:
RFA-EmPATH-001 Questions and Responses 1
RFA-EmPATH-001 Questions and Responses 2
RFA-EmPATH-001 Questions and Responses 3

Attachment 7: Budget Worksheet – EmPATH (Click Link to Download):
RFA EmPATH-001 – ATTACHMENT 7 – Budget Worksheet.xlsx

Past Documents:
Request for Applications RFA-EmPATH-001
Request for Applications RFA-EmPATH-001 Addendum 1
RFA-EmPATH-001 Addendum 1 Change Log