The Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s 2021 Behavioral Health Initiative opened on February 24 and will award up to $6 million in grants up to $500,000 to Michigan organizations. The Health Fund is seeking proposals that improve access to mental health and SUD services, serve more people with shorter wait times, incorporate innovative technology, encourage the retention of behavioral health providers, and identify behavioral health concerns at the point of first response with timely treatment access, especially for children and older adults.

To be considered, grants must address at least one of the Health Fund’s two cross-cutting goals: workforce and integration. Workforce refers to methods that build, extend, and strengthen behavioral health workforce capacity through training and development for clinicians, program staff, and informal caregivers.

Integration involves models that coordinate care, services, and community resources to promote better health. The Health Fund is specifically interested in projects that systematically integrate mental health, substance use, and medical care providers to meet all of a person’s health needs, no matter where they seek care.

Concept papers are due March 15, and proposals are due April 22. For more information about this grant opportunity, visit the Health Fund’s website.