Mental Health

$27.2 Million in ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF)

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On February 3, 2022, the City Council allocated $26 Million for Mental Health. The City Council designated the Public Safety Committee (PSC) to oversee the implementation planning for this category.

The PSC approved the implementation plan and associated criteria for distribution on August 16, 2022. The City Council approved the plan on September 1, 2022.

The plan provides support towards organizations providing mental health services. These organizations provide services with a focus on youth, older adults, and homeless. Support is also provided through collaboration with partners for upstream services. Collaboration occurs through a combined, competitive process.

On February 8, 2023, the City Council was provided an update on the COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Plan and the ARPA SLFRF Program, including available balances from the combined competitive process, program savings, and interest earned. The City Council directed the available balances to be further discussed at a Governance Committee meeting. On February 15, 2023, the Governance Committee recommended a total of $4.6 million to be taken to the Public Safety Committee for policy direction, which included an additional $1.2 million in available funds from ARPA SLFRF interest income and program balances. The Public Safety Committee discussed the priorities and plan for these funds on February 21, 2023.

On March 9, 2023, the City Council approved the priorities and plan, with a competitive process (RFP) for $4.6 million to be open from March 13 through April 27, 2023.

Spending Framework

COVID-19 has exacerbated existing mental health conditions in Bexar County. The City is collaborating with partners to address behavioral health programs in Bexar County.

The spending plan addresses:

  • Increased social isolation
  • Anxiety and depression for youth and older adults
  • Increased homeless population with mental health and substance abuse issues

View Implementation Plan(PDF, 250KB)

Overview

Investment Areas City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Youth $750,000 $14.25 Million $15 Million
Older Adults $2.5 Million $2.5 Million $5 Million
Homeless  $0 $5 Million $5 Million
Collaboration In-Kind - Metro Health $1 Million
$1 Million
Total $3.25 Million $22.75 Million $26 Million

Youth

Strategy / Program City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Access to Mental Health $0 $12.75 Million $12.75 Million
Project Worth and Stand Up SA $750,000 $0 $750,000
Diagnostic Services $0 $1.5 Million $1.5 Million
Total $750,000 $14.25 Million $15 Million

Older Adults

Strategy / Program City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Navigation Programs $0 $500,000 $500,000
Social Interaction $2.5 Million $1.7 Million $4.2 Million
Caregiver Program $0 $300,000 $300,000
Total $2.5 Million $2.5 Million $5 Million

Homeless

Strategy / Program City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Chronic and Unsheltered Veteran Homeless $0 $1 Million $1 Million
Youth Aging Out of Foster System $0 $4 Million $4 Million
Total $0 $5 Million $5 Million

Collaboration

Strategy / Program City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Framework for Upstream Systems In-Kind - Metro Health $0 $0
Education Campaign/988 Hotline $0 $1 Million $1 Million
Total $0 $1 Million $1 Million

Additional & Reallocated Funding

The table below provides an overview of the $4.6 million approved by the City Council on March 9, 2023. Of this, $1.2 million in available funds from ARPA SLFRF interest income and program balances were added to this category for a total investment of $27.2 million.

Investment Areas City Programs Competitive Process (RFP) Total
Youth Aging Out of Foster System $0 $3 Million $3 Million
Family Violence $0 $1 Million $1 Million
Harm Reduction $0 $600,000 $600,000
Total $0 $4.6 Million $4.6 Million

NOTE: $3.4M unallocated from the first competitive process, and $1.2M from available funds from ARPA SLFRF interest income and program balances.

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

RFP # 1 Timeline

  • Sept. 6 and 8, 2022: Six Council Districts Information Sessions.
  • Sept. 9, 2022: Release of RFP.
  • Sept. 16: RFP Pre-submittal conference.
  • Sept. 27 and 30, 2022: Training and technical assistance workshops.
  • Oct. 28, 2022: RFP closes.
  • Nov. - Dec. 2022: RFP evaluation and scoring.
  • Jan. 26, 2023: Post solicitation briefing to City Council.
  • Feb. 2, 2023: City Council approval.
  • March 2023: Contracts begin.

RFP # 2 Timeline

  • March 13, 2023: RFP opens.
  • March 23, 2023: RFP pre-submittal conference.
  • March 28, 2023: Training and technical sessions.
  • April 27, 2023: RFP closes.
  • May 5 - May 10, 2023: RFP evaluation and scoring.
  • June 1, 2023: Post-solicitation approval by City Council.
  • July 2023: City Council approval, contracts begin.

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