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Funding for Mental Health Service Agencies

Apply for Mental Health Funding


The Board of Trustees has authority to contract with established tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable corporations to: operate, supplement, maintain or deliver purchased services within: community mental health centers, mental health clinics or comprehensive mental health service providers. Funding is contractual and performance-based. Billing and treatment records are audited.
Behavioral Health Clinics


Applicant agencies are required to document legal status and mental health operations, including but not limited to:

  • IRS charitable tax-exemption, Missouri incorporation, and financial audit
  • Agency is a financially stable organization in Jackson County, Missouri, providing mental health care for at least three years prior to initial application
  • Quality assurance, treatment records and licensure meet State requirements and Board of Trustees standards

Existing Grantee Agency

Grant Funding Programs
The Community Mental Health Fund invests in quality of life for Jackson County residents. As a payer of last resort, local mental health funds make other resources go even farther. Mental health services for persons with mental illness are accessible and responsive to the varied and unique needs of Jackson County residents. This is essential for the 18,000 persons who are served every year. For application information click on a Funding Category.
  • Technology and Innovation Grant

    Current grantees are eligible to apply for 2024 funding to support Mental Health Innovation Projects, one-time grants that enhance mental health services and outcomes, and utilize evidence-based practices to improve quality or outcomes. Innovation priorities include DEI, Technology, Trauma Informed Care, First-time Accreditation and Agency-initiated projects.

  • Children and Families

    Supports a continuum of services for emotionally disturbed children/youth and their families, including day treatment, individual and family psychotherapy, and center-based care.

    RFP release: Application period has closed.

  • Safety Net

    Support for the foundation of public mental health care in Jackson County, providing broad-based mental health services. Safety Net grantee organizations reflect a diverse cross section of agencies. However, they share a common objective of providing quality mental health services to underserved communities.

    RFP release: Application period has closed.

  • Mental Health Innovations

    Only current CMHF grantees are eligible to apply for Innovation funding. One-time innovation projects are intended to enhance mental health outcomes, quality, and access. Innovation funds cannot be used to replace other funding.

    The initial application consists of a brief Letter of Interest which is completed in the CMHF grantee portal. If selected by the Board to move forward, grantees collaborate with CMHF staff to develop a Project Work Plan.

    Innovation applications are accepted year round. There is not a defined award amount. Awards are based on availability of funds.

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Domestic and Sexual Violence grants support mental health services in shelter-based and community locations for persons who have experienced sexual trauma and/or domestic violence. 

    RFP Release Date: January 2, 2023; Proposals due February 2, 2023 before 12:00 Noon.

  • Educational and Vocational

    Educational and Vocational program funding supports the delivery of mental health services necessary for successful program participation, skill attainment and functioning in the community. 

    RFP Release Date: January 2, 2023; Proposals due February 2, 2023 before 12:00 Noon.

  • Technical Support and Evaluation

    Technical Support and Evaluation Projects provide independent, information-based assessments that are responsive to Board and community input. Projects may be initiated at the direction of the Board of Trustees or through an application of an eligible agency. Technical Support projects are limited to one year. 

    Application and schedule are specific for each contract.

  • Consumer Services

    Non-clinical, consumer support services are vital to the stability of persons with mental illness and thus have an important role to play in Jackson County’s mental health system. Information and referral, case management and financial case management are essential for assisting clients in maintaining independence and obtaining access to needed resources. 

    RFP Release Date: January 2, 2023; Proposals due February 2, 2023 before 12:00 Noon.

  • Forensic Services

    Forensic Services contracts support inter-agency programs that promote public safety and reduce recidivism, which is the re-arrest and return of persons mental illness back into the criminal justice system. Services are planned and delivered to support the operation of specific justice programs to improve opportunities for moving clients into long-term treatment.

    Application and schedule are specific for each contract. 

  • Community and Agency Education

    Funding supports 1) one-time mental health awareness events and 2) professional in-service education in Jackson County, Missouri. Provider Training grants can assist current contractors to enhance evidence-based practices that improve mental healthcare. Community Mental Health Education grants can assist non-profit community organizations, in partnership with mental health professionals, to provide information about mental health and reduce stigma. There is no established application deadline, but apply early: Applications for funding are reviewed 30 days after submission.

Existing Grantee Agency

Required Documents
The 3/20/24 CMHF presentation of the revised Site Review format, the PowerPoint from the presentation, and additional reference documents are below.

Existing Grantee Agency

Frequently Asked Questions

Top 6 Application Questions

  • Are all services on the Service Unit Definitions available to us?

    Not necessarily. Some services require prior approval; those are identified in the instructions. Some services have license and documentation requirements that are not a fit for all agencies. If you propose a service not in your current contract, the reasons should be explained using data.

  • We expect more clients in the coming year. Will increases be considered?

    Your proposal should explain the need with quantitative and clinical data. Explain your ability to provide services that respond to the data you provided. Funding decisions will consider the availability of CMHF funds.
  • This year my agency would like to shift services from individual therapy to group therapy. Is this acceptable?

    Any major year-to-year change in your Expenditure Plan should be explained in the proposal. Using your question as an example, your rationale should provide data explaining the need for the change, plus how clients’ individual therapy needs would be met if those services were reduced.
  • How recent does our Certificate of Good Standing need to be?

    Current as of the date of application. This document certifies that your agency is registered with the Secretary of State to do business in Missouri. The copy you upload in your application does not need to be certified.
  • Are there word limits for narrative questions?

    Any questions with word or character limits are noted in the application. For all questions, brief answers are preferred. We are not looking for details beyond what is asked in the question. If we need more information, we will ask for it later.
  • Can we raise our case support unit cost to the higher case management unit cost?

    This requires prior approval because case management has defining criteria. The new unit cost takes effect once the new service is approved. We are happy to work with agencies interested in developing this service tier.

Existing Grantee Agency

Step 2: Complete Online Application