Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Center RFP Timeline and Information

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Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Center RFP Timeline and Information

We want to update you about the planning that is underway for regional behavioral health crisis centers. The 2018 legislature appropriated $28.1 million in bond proceeds to the Department of Human Services to establish these regional centers.

Projects will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The Department of Human Services expects to publish the RFP in early fall 2018 and the RFP will remain open for 90 days, during which time a responders conference will be held and DHS will publish an FAQ list. 

Under the requirements established by the legislature, applicants will be required to demonstrate a need for the proposed project, the capacity to sustain the program, and willingness to build on and integrate with the existing service continuum in the area they intend to serve. Projects will be required to provide, at a minimum, screening, assessment, and evaluation.

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, housing and redevelopment authorities, publicly owned hospitals, or other public entities otherwise eligible to receive state general obligation bond proceeds. Public ownership of land or a building can be assured through existing public ownership, purchase, or long term lease. For more information please see the checklists for Leases and Use Agreements on the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) website.

The RFP will allow for funding to be requested for pre-design, design, construction dollars, or a combination for the regional behavioral health crisis centers.  If you are interested in applying to the RFP in the fall please review the MMB website and MMB’s Capitol Grants Manual to learn more about bonding projects.  If you have any questions, about the RFP process or the bonding requirements please contact

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