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Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG)



Application Deadline: Sep 1, 2023


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers block grants to states, territories, and freely associated states to improve and save lives by funding necessary mental health services. Fosters collaboration among consumers of mental health services and state education, mental health, rehabilitation, criminal justice, housing, and social services agencies to offer comprehensive care to those in need. Helps community organizations and the Mental Health Planning Council offer more direct opportunities for involvement with the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG).

The MHBG program targets the following populations:

  • Adults with serious mental illnesses, which is defined as individuals 18 years old and older who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional condition, as defined by the Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities
  • Children with serious emotional disturbances, which is defined as individuals up to 18 years old who have a diagnosable behavioral, mental, or emotional condition, as defined by the Psychiatric Association's DSM, that interferes with or limits one or more major life activities

MHBG funds may be used to support the needed and necessary services for the target population such as:

  • Funding priority treatment and support services for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured
  • Collecting performance and outcome data for mental health and substance use to determine the effectiveness and promotion of SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery supports
  • Primary prevention that includes universal, selective, and indicated prevention activities and services for individuals not identified as needing SUD treatment

Amount of Funding

Grants are awarded noncompetitively by formula based on 3 components:

  • Costs for data collection, technical assistance, and program evaluation
  • Calculating baseline allotments based on certain factors
  • Adjusting the allotments, if necessary, so that the statutory minimum allotment constraints are satisfied

Who Can Apply

Eligible subrecipients are community- and faith-based organizations.

MHBGs are mandated by Congress to provide funds and technical assistance to:

  • State governments and the District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Guam
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Republic of Palau

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Applications can be submitted through SAMHSA's online web block grant application system (WebBGAS).

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the MHBG Application and Plan.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions about MHBGs in individual states, contact the appropriate state mental health authority (SMHA).

Topics This Program Addresses

Health and Wellness • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Youth