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Behavioral Health Grant

Addressing Behavioral Health Impacts of COVID for Racial and Ethnic Populations

Mental health is both an identified health risk factor and adverse health outcome associated with COVID-19. The pandemic has shown to be associated with an increase in substance misuse, suicidal ideation, and opioid overdoses. Combined with preexisting disparities in access to mental health and substance-use treatment service in Black and Latino communities, the pandemic has illustrated a heightened need for mental health and substance use services which was the driving factor in the development of the Behavioral Health Grants project. A request for applications (RFA) process was used to award funding to community-based organizations to reach the racial and ethnic populations with heightened need.

This initiative uses a community-engaged, asset-based approach to improve mental well-being, prevent substance related illness and death, and promote recovery among Michigan’s five racial and ethnic minority populations. As such, the areas that were selected for this project, have a particularly high rate of vulnerability to the mental health and well-being impacts of COVID-19.

Eligibility: To ensure that the project activities increase access to, and community participation in, mental health services and substance use recovery services and directly reach and benefit Michigan’s racial and ethnic minority populations the following elements were considered in the selection process of the applicants:

  • Demonstrated experience and capacity to use the award to enhance collaborative work to address mental health needs and substance use recovery services.
  • Include or collaborate with organizations comprised of people with lived experience of one or more of Michigan’s racial and ethnic minority populations.
  • Include or collaborate with organizations comprised of people with lived experience of needs related to mental health and well-being and/or substance use recovery.
  • Mission and values align with those of the communities they serve.
  • Leadership and staff, preferably, reflect the communities they serve.
  • Trusted community entity in the communities they plan to serve.

To learn more about this effort, check out the grantees and their work below.

Mental Health Resources



Mental Health America


Stay Well Michigan

Better Help

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health Resources for The MENA Community

Arab-American Family Support Center

Desi/LGBTQ+ Helpline

Institute for Muslim Mental Health

Islamic Relief USA

Khalil Center


Muslim Mental Health Toolkit

Resources for Muslim Mental Health Advocates

My Mantra

Naseeha Mental Health Helpline

What Does Islam Say About Mental Health?

Yalla! Let’s Talk

Mental Health Resources for The Asian American or Pacific Islander Community

Asian American Health Initiative

Asian American Health Initiative Mental Health Resources

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Mental Health Collective

Asian Pacific Community In Action

Mental Health Association For Chinese Communities

Mustard Seed Generation

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Stop AAPI Hate

Viet Care

Mental Health Resources for The Black or African American Community

AAKOMA Project

Black Emotional Mental Health (BEAM)

Black Men Heal

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Melanin and Mental Health

National Black Justice Coalition

Ourselves Black

Sista Afya

The Black Mental Wellness Lounge

The Nap Ministry

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

Tips for Self-Care for Black Families

Mental Health Resources for The Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic Community

Caminar Latino

Estoy Aqui

Latinx Therapists Action Network

Latinx Therapy

MHA- Latinx/Hispanic Communities- Información Y Materiales De Salud Mental En Español

NAMI: Compartiendo Esperanza

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

National Latino Behavioral Health Association

Therapy for Latinx

Yo Soy Ella

Mental Health Resources for The Native American or Alaskan Native Community

American Indian Health and Family Services

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Native and Indigenous Communities

Center for Native American Youth

Healthy Native Youth

Indigenous Story Studio

MHA: Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health

National Indian Health Board

Native Americans for Community Action

Native Hope

SAMHSA Circles of Care

StrongHearts Native Help Line