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MDHHS seeks to expand mobile response teams to help children experiencing emotional crisis

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeking proposals for the newly created MI Kids Now Mobile Response Grant Program.

MDHHS is providing additional funding during fiscal year 2023 to expand Intensive Crisis Stabilization Services for Children. The purpose of the program is to expand access to mobile response teams to address crisis situations for youth who are experiencing emotional symptoms, behaviors or traumatic circumstances that have compromised or impacted their ability to function within their family, living situation, school/child care setting or community.

Eligible applicants are Community Mental Health Services Programs as defined in the Michigan Mental Health Code – with each recipient eligible for up to $200,000. This service will be available regardless of current participation in or eligibility for Community Mental Health Services Programs, and the community mental health programs can use grant funding to design proactive services that address crisis situations prior to further escalation.

Proposals are for the grant period of Jan. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2023. The department will issue another request for proposals in late 2022. The department is also exploring a similar grant program for fiscal years 2024 and 2025.

Grant applications for the MI Kids Now Mobile Response Grant Program RFP must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m., Oct 10, 2022.

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete request for proposals can be accessed under the “Current Grants” section under the “Behavioral Hlth and Dev DIS Adm Standard” link by selecting the “MKNMR-2023” grant program.

MI Kids Now is a developing effort to improve access to behavioral health services for children, youth and families in Michigan.

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