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To address the state’s need for behavioral health crisis stabilization services, SCDHHS created a grant opportunity to increase access to these services in hospitals across the state.

Crisis stabilization services grant funds must be used as one-time infrastructure funds to build specialized hospital-based emergency departments and observational units dedicated to behavioral health. These dedicated departments and units will need to operate on a “no wrong door” model providing a care alternative to emergency or inpatient admission or use of law enforcement resources that is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has issued guidance on hospital-based crisis stabilization units, like those that may be built using SCDHHS’ behavioral health crisis stabilization services grant funds. The guidance addresses potential certificate of need and licensure implications and is available here on DHEC’s website .

SCDHHS will issue approximately $35,000,000 in total funds to hospitals across the state to build these specialized hospital-based emergency departments and observational units. The deadline to submit completed grant application packets to is Monday, April 24, 2023.

If awarded the grant, the facility will be notified via email on the grant award date, June 23, 2023. After all awardees are notified, a press release will be posted to our website with a list of the awardees.

Please see the grant application below. For questions, email .

Grant Opportunity for Expanding Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Services

UPDATED 3-8-2023 Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Services Grant Frequently Asked Questions