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Behavioral Health Provider CARES Grant Application Deadline Extended Through Aug. 9, 2020


The deadline to apply for a Department of Behavioral Health Services [DBHS] CARES grant has been extended to Aug. 9.

The Department of Behavioral Health Services is urging behavioral health providers to apply for the Bernalillo County behavioral health provider CARES grants, which cover emergency funding up to $10,000 per provider. This grant is for qualified behavioral health providers to assist with costs associated with interruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of $1 million is available.

"We're extending the deadline to give our critical providers more time to submit their applications with the hope that we'll see our community take advantage of this support. We want to see our behavioral health providers accessing this opportunity and using this grant funding to help get them through these unprecedentedly hard times," says DBHS Director Margarita Chavez-Sanchez. "Now and in the future, behavioral health services will play a crucial role in healing from the trauma and psychosocial ramifications of COVID-19. "

Through the issuance of these funds, Bernalillo County hopes to:

  • Increase the access of behavioral health care services to Bernalillo County residents from behavioral health providers during the (COVID-19) pandemic;
  • Expand services to minimize the behavioral health impact of COVID-19 among Bernalillo County residents;
  • Ensure that behavioral health provider systems have the capacity to handle COVID-19 impacted clients through an expansion of services to address new needs related to the pandemic and the rapid demand for services.

Through this program, the county will offer one-time grants up to $10,000 to qualifying behavioral health providers to cover costs such as employee wages, vendor bills and telehealth expansions. The $1 million dollars allocated to this fund, is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.

The link to the application is available at www.bernco.gov/BHcares

The application process is electronic and requires the following documentation be attached to the application:

  • W-9 Form
  • Active State Organization Registration (Articles of Incorporation)
  • New Mexico Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Organization Financials (applicable 2018 or 2019 tax return or equivalent)
  • Staffing Documentation for 2019 or 2018 (W-3 Summary, 1096 or 2019 or 2019 IRS Form 941)
  • Updated and Current Property Tax Receipt or Copy of Current Lease
  • New Mexico Taxation and Revenue 2020 CRS Documentation
  • Current Bernalillo County or City of Albuquerque Business License

The application process will remain open through Aug. 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. or until funds have been exhausted. The first grant payments will go out mid to late August.

Regardless of whether a provider is eligible for this program, they may still qualify for other existing assistance programs.

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