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The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from a broad spectrum of interested parties and individuals regarding their recommendations on how to use federal COVID-19 relief funds by DMH to improve the Commonwealth’s Behavioral Health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services systems in the context of COVID-19. 
The RFI is posted on COMMBUYS:  
It is also available on the DMH Website:  
DMH is particularly interested in ideas that would utilize one-time or time-limited funding to address the following priorities:
a)    Addressing the significant increase in behavioral health boarding episodes in emergency departments
b)   Enhancing the crisis support service system in order to address the escalating need for urgent behavioral health care due to the impact of COVID19

c)   Addressing the behavioral health needs of children and youth impacted by COVID19, including strategies to support parents and schools.

d)   Expanding MA capacity to rapidly respond to youth experiencing psychosis and their families and to enhance access to specialized First Episode Psychosis services

e)    Addressing social determinants of health and racial equity in the delivery of behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support.
Please submit responses through COMMBUYS no later than Monday, June 14, 2021 at 3:00PM EST. 
If you need assistance obtaining the form or submitting your response via COMMBUYS, please contact Jerome Collins at Jerome.collins@state.ma.us or by phone at 617-626-8043.

SMHPC Vision + Mission + Goals Discussion on Subcommittees


MA DMH 2020 Survey Presentation

State Mental Health Planning Council Meeting

April 8, 2021

Meeting Notes



Welcome and introductions

Review of the FY20 Community Consumer Satisfaction Survey by JSI

Commissioner’s Update

Addressing Needs of those with Co-Occurring Conditions

Announcement of the Block Grant Application Review


Interpreter services, CART services, and other accommodations are available to support access, inclusion, and participation in meetings of the State Mental Health Planning Council and its subcommittees. 

If you plan to attend these meetings and would like to request a sign language interpreter, spoken language interpreter, or other accommodation, please contact the Office of Race, Equity, and Inclusion at OMCA@massmail.state.ma.us

at least 14 days in advance of the meeting date.

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