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Mental Health Innovation Grant Program

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Mental Health Innovations Grant Legislative Report SFY 2019-20 (PDF)
Report overview (PDF) 

Mental Health Innovation Grant Program is a new grant program intended to improve access to and the quality of community-based, outpatient mental health services and reduce the number of people admitted to regional treatment centers and community behavioral health hospitals.

These grants add and develop services and supports to Minnesota’s mental health system including:

  • Short-term and critical access centers
  • Collaborative efforts between crisis teams, hospitals and other services
  • Transition services and care coordination

Part of Minnesota’s 2017 legislative package, funds for this grant program come from revenue captured from the county share of treatment costs for people receiving care at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals.


A competitive Request for Proposal process was published in early 2018, and $2.171 million was made available. Grants were awarded and contracts completed in July 2018. All grants are for 18 months but with an option to be extended to 6 months.

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