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Office of Mental Health

Supplemental Block Grant and FMAP Funding

Recent federal legislation provides supplemental funding to mental health services through time-limited expansions of:

  • Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) Block Grant
  • Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) share of funds for Medicaid programs

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) will be working with community stakeholders to identify opportunities for these funds to best meet unmet prevention, treatment, and recovery needs for people with or at risk of serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Supplements

OMH has received two notifications of awards for supplemental CMHS Block Grant funding totaling $126.3 million.

SAMHSA indicates that this funding should address unmet need and capacity growth with an emphasis on crisis services, and provided recommendations for funding utilization, including:

  • Children’s mental health including crisis service needs and school-based and school-reentry related supports
  • Operation of crisis lines to address mental health access, including 988 implementation, and expansion of telehealth opportunities
  • Training of staff and equipment and start up for mental health crisis response
  • Development of crisis stabilization teams
  • Expansion of outpatient access, including Assisted Outpatient Treatment services
  • Improve information technology infrastructure
  • Mental health awareness training
  • Enhanced outreach and peer support workforce investments
  • Prison and jail reentry and discharge from inpatient settings to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission
  • COVID-19 related expenses for SMI/SED populations

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Rate Increase

Another source of federal relief includes opportunities for enhanced FMAP of 10% for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and rehabilitative services beginning April 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2022. CMS provided general guidance regarding enhanced FMAP to State Medicaid Directors on May 13, 2021. In July 2021, the New York State Department of Health published the state’s initial spending plan for the enhanced FMAP funding, available on the Enhanced Federal HCBS Funding page linked in the More Information section below.

Public Feedback

To ensure these resources are applied toward the areas of highest need under CMHS and CMS guidelines, OMH has and will continue to engage with stakeholders to allocate and track these funds.

In April 2021, OMH held a series of regional stakeholder feedback sessions to receive input on the allocation of this funding. The feedback received during these sessions, in addition to the written feedback received and other stakeholder input, will be used to develop plans for these funds as they become available.

Stakeholder Feedback Session Recordings

Hudson River Region - April 19, 2021
Long Island Region - April 20, 2021
New York City - April 26, 2021
Western New York Region - April 29, 2021
Central New York Region - April 30, 2021

Supplemental Block Grant and FMAP Funding Opportunities

OMH will continue to advise the public and our stakeholders of funding opportunities available via the supplemental block grant funding and enhanced FMAP. To date, OMH has issued the following requests for interest and/or proposals (accessible to eligible applicants via the New York State Contract Reporter).

First Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care (Statewide)- Issued June 18, 2021
Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (NYC)- Issued July 29, 2021
Youth Assertive Community Treatment (Statewide)- Issued August 4, 2021
Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (Western NY)- Issued August 19, 2021
Peer-to-Peer Supported Transition Program (Statewide)- Issued August 26, 2021
Intensive Community Based Services for Children/Youth- Issued August 31, 2021

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Legislative Reports

OMH Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Supplementary Funding Report- July 1, 2021

More Information

CMHS Letter from SAMHSA to New York State Office of Mental Health - March 11, 2021
CMHS Response Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - April 5, 2021
CMHS Response Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - May 5, 2021
FMAP Letter from CMS to State Medicaid Directors - May 13, 2021
CMHS Letter from SAMHSA to New York State Office of Mental Health on American Rescue Plan Act Block Grant Guidance - May 18, 2021
CMHS Letter from the New York State Office of Mental Health to SAMHSA - July 9, 2021
New York State Department of Health Enhanced Federal HCBS Funding Page- eFMAP - July 2021

 

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Planning.