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Social Determinants of Health Programs

Regional Development and Innovation Initiative

House Bill 5024​ (2021) directed OHA to spend $130 million to increase statewide supportive housing and licensed residential treatment ​capacity for people living with behavioral health conditions. Half the funding was one-time American Rescue Plan funding. the other half was state general funds.

The funding is for capital, start-up, and operational costs. ​​​

Supportive housing and licensed residential treatment facilities​​

The most recent Request for Grant Applications ran from April 29 through Nov. 30, 2022.

​​​Planning Grants

OHA awarded $5 million in planning grants of up to $50,000 to 104 community mental health programs, tribes, Regional Health Equity Coalitions, and community partners. Grant recipients were asked to conduct research to identify community needs, asses the feasibility and sustainability of potential projects, and other planning activities necessary to increase residential facility and housing capacity.

Ready to Go Projects​​​

Dec. 30, 2021 – Feb. 14, 2022, OHA issued a Request for Proposals designed for “ready to go” projects ​that could be ready to admit residents within 12 months. This solicitation focused on the following groups of individuals:

  • Aid and Assist: Individuals indicted for a crime and lacking fitness to proceed.
  • Psychiatric Security Review Board Jurisdiction: Individuals found “guilty except for insanity”.
  • Civil Commitment: Individuals subject to a civil commitment order.
  • Children with “Severe Emotional Disturbance” (SED) – children and youth under the age of 18 with functional impairment, in need of psychiat​​​ric residential treatment services. ​

This RFP seeks all interested parties for utilizing existing buildings, including restarting of recently closed residential homes or facilities, that can be remodeled, licensed, and staffed for providing culturally and linguistically specific licensed residential treatment services and residential care and supports to one or more of the following priority populations: 

  • Children with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED), 
  • Aid and Assist and 370 Individuals, individuals found “guilty except for insanity,” and 
  • Individuals subject to a civil commitment order (See 2.4.2 Priority Populations to be Served for details). 

BOLI website​

Section 364 of House Bill 5202 (2022) directed OHA to increase behavioral health housing by using $100,000,000 in state general funds. OHA intends these funds to:
  • Provide an array of supported housing and residential treatment, 
  • Relieve bottlenecks in the continuum of care, and 
  • Address health inequities and housing access disparities, among others. 

To increase accessibility and put greater power into the hands of communities designing, providing, and consuming services, these funds were intentionally distributed in a manner designed to be low-barrier.

Property purchased using Measure 110 funds must support Measure 110. This means Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs) must:

  • Use such property to serve and support people living with substance use disorder.
  • Sign a Declaration of Restrictive Covenants. This binds BHRNs to using the property as approved by the Oversight Accountability Council for 20 years.

The SDOH team manages these covenants. Learn more about Measure 110​.

Children's psychiatric residential treatment facilities

2019 data shows that children ages 5 – 17 need more beds in residential treatment settings. The most recent Request for Grant Applications to meet this need ran from July 26 through Sept. 24, 2022.

​Young Adults in T​​​ransition Residential Homes or Facilities

The Oregon Legislature approved $9.2 million to increase capacity for young adults to:

  • Four new, 5-bed residential treatment homes or facilities for ages 17.5 through 24 and
  • One new 10-bed secure residential treatment facility for ages 18 through 27.

The most recent Request for Grant Applications ran from Jan. 23, 2023 through Feb. 28, 2023.

​View the 2022 Notice of Intent to Award (1/23/2023)​

​​​​Behavioral Health Housing Incentive Fund ​

​House Bill 2316 (2021) established this fund, which appropriates interest earned from the Housing for Mental Health Fund (ORS 450.380). These funds are separate and distinct from the General Fund. 

Housing for Mental Health Funds​

This fund consists of moneys deposited in the fund under section 8, chapter 812, Oregon Laws 2015. It may include moneys appropriated, allocated, deposited or transferred to the fund by the Legislative Assembly or otherwise and interest earned on moneys in the fund.  

Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to OHA for disbursement for the purposes set forth in ORS 458.385.

Community Mental Health Housing Fund​

Commonly know as the Trust Fund, this fund capitalized from the sale of the Dammasch State Hospital in 2003. This fund may be expended for development activities for projects that provide community-based housing for individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) or for capital improvements at the Oregon State Hospital (OSH).  

The fund earns a nominal amount of interest each month (i.e., approximately $3,000 to $10,000). Loans in the OHA-HSD portfolio paid off early are deposited into the fund. No other source of funding recapitalizes this fund. See Oregon Administrative Rule 309-036-0100.

Community Engagement

​Discuss current and future projects, connect with other partners and organizations, and join workshop development courses. ​

​Regular partnership meetings between the Social Determinants of Health team and community partners will be posted here. Updates on the next partnership meeting will be coming soon.  ​

Planning Grant awardees can meet with their assigned Project Development Coordinator for help and support with their community efforts. 

To learn more, email Pablo Garcia ​or Blanca Barocio​.​

​LaDonna Lofland, Program Implementation Lead

Blanca Barocio, Project Development Coordinator, Contract Administrator

Pablo Garcia, Project Development Coordinator, Contract Administrator

Vanlena Le​, Research Intern

Birth Certificate Grant Program

People experiencing unstable housing or housing insecurity may not have their birth certificate. But to access affordable housing or other services, they need it.

To fill this need, House Bill 2402 (2017) allocates $50,000 per biennium to OHA. Each biennium OHA uses these funds to award 22 contracts to organizations at $2,000 per contract. The organizations help houseless individuals get their birth certificate using these funds. The grantees:

  • Serve areas with the highest counts of people experiencing houselessness throughout Oregon.
  • May only use the funds to order Oregon birth certificates. They cannot pay fees for birth certificates from other states.

To learn more about this program, please email us.

Learn more about ordering an Oregon birth certificate

View the program's end of biennium meeting

Rental Assistance Programs

The Rent Assistance Program (Service Elements 12 and 64) helps individuals age 18 and older with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and/or substance use disorder find supportive housing. 

The program recently got approval to increase the supportive housing rates to the current Fair Market Rate for providers.

TANF Mental and Behavioral Health Pilot Program

OHA administers thIs program in partnership with ODHS and three coordinated care organizations (CCOs). One of three pilot programs mandated by House Bill 2032 (2019) to support Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants, the program:

  • Provides CCOs funding to increase access to mental health and substance use disorder services for TANF participants.
  • Requires CCOs to collect and report data about the mental health needs of TANF participants, and the services they complete. This will help OHA understand the barriers that prevent utilization of these services.

Initially scheduled to end June 2022, this program has been extended to June 2023.

Quick Links

Adult Behavioral Health Housing and Residential Treatment Dashboard

Behavioral Health Housing and Residential Treatment Dashboard

Social Determinants of Health

Grantee Resources

Contact Information

For questions about House Bill 5024 funding:

For questions about House Bill 5202 funding:

For other questions from consumers or grantees, email the SDOH Team.