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Community-based organizations

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are state grant funded organizations that serve high-need communities by providing quality and culturally competent substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming through evidence-based, research-based, and innovative programs and strategies. Funded by HCA’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), CBOs can range from non-profits, faith-based organizations, educational service districts, schools, tribal or local governmental entities. CBOs are focused on the delivery of prevention and promotion programs and/or strategies to meet a targeted need. Such programs can include mentoring, parenting education, community awareness raising, training, and youth skill building.

CBOs and the programs they organize can support the larger Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) or other local or regional community coalitions of Washington State. Through partnerships like this, CBOs can help expand the reach of a coalition and build off their strategic plan. Alternately, CBOs can operate independently, providing targeted prevention and promotion programming to meet a need that organization has identified.

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Organization Service area

Boys and Girls Club of Washington

Grant, Island, Okanogan, Benton, Franklin, King, Skagit, Stevens, Snohomish, King, Lewis, Asotin, and Pierce Counties

Chelan Douglas TOGETHER for Youth!

Chelan and Douglas Counties

Educational Service District 105

Yakima, Grant, and Kittitas Counties

Family Education and Support Services

Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Reservation, Skokomish Indian Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe, The Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation; Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties 

Funhouse Commons

Orcas Island and San Juan County

Genuine Healthcare, PLLC

Thurston County

Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County

Inspiring Here & Now

Thurston, Pierce, and Clark Counties

Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center

San Juan County

Lewis County Public Health and Social Services

Lewis County

Lopez Island Family Resource Center

San Juan County

Monroe School District 103

Snohomish County

Mt. Adams School District

Yakima County

Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center

Pierce County

Neighborhood House

King County

Pacific County Teen Advocacy - Fiscal Agent Lifeline Connections

Pacific County

Partners with Families and Children: Spokane 

Spokane County

United General/Skagit County Public Hospital District #304

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and Skagit County

Washington State University

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Kitsap, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, and Whitman Counties 

Whatcom Family & Community Network Whatcom County

Youth and Family Link

Cowlitz County

Funding types: CBO grants are awarded through the Request for Application (RFA) process conducted on a biannual basis or as funding becomes available. RFA respondents are required to submit an application outlining identified substance use or mental health needs of the community, an action plan addressing the needs, a budget, and how health disparities will be addressed.  As of July 2021, there are three funding types:

State Opioid Response (SOR): SOR funding is provided through the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grants. This funding supports the Washington State Opioid and Overdose Response Plan. SOR funded CBOs engage local communities to provide community-based prevention programming, promoting of responsible prescribing, safe storage, and return of unused medication. SOR CBO’s action plans must include:

  • At least one Evidence-Based Program (EBP) from the approved SOR EBP program list
  • Participating in the National Drug Take-Back Days held in April and October of each contract year
  • Implementing the Starts with One campaign
  • Implementing an environmental program or a social norms campaign based on local community need

Dedicated Marijuana Account (DMA): Washington state’s DMA Project funding serves to address the requirements of Initiative 502 in which CBOs will implement youth marijuana misuse and abuse prevention services. This funding is used to increase capacity to implement direct services and environmental strategies addressing substance misuse in high needs communities. DMA CBOs must implement programs from the approved list that fall under these two categories:

  • Evidence-based program (EBP) or research-based program (RBP)
  • Promising programs (PP) and services
    • Approved budgets must have no less than 85% of funds allocated towards EBP or RBP programs, and no more than 15% of funds allocated towards PP services.

Mental Health Promotion Project (MHPP): MHPP funding is general state funds provided by the Washington State legislature to address mental health promotion and suicide prevention in alignment with the Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan. These funds support services aimed to highlight positive self-esteem, strengthen individual resiliency, and general wellbeing. CBOs who receive MHPP funds must meet the following three requirements as outlined in their contract:

  1. Implement at least one Youth Mental Health First Aid Training per year (a minimum of two over the project period)
  2. Implement at least one community awareness raising event or activity per year (a minimum of two over the project period)
  3. Implement direct service programming from the approved list on a recurring basis (i.e. multiple series and implementation cycles throughout the project period) from at least one of the following categories:
  • Evidence-Based Programs (EBP) or Research Based Programs (RBP) or services (for mental health promotion and/or suicide prevention)
  • Promising Programs (PP) and services (for mental health promotion and/or suicide prevention)
  • Innovative program and services (only allowed for suicide prevention services)

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Sonja Pipek
Supervisor, Tribal and CBO Services