CA DHCS Releases Round 2 RFAs for Peer-Run Organization Grants

The DHCS Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) program in California is now accepting applications for Round 2 funding for the Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI) and Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) grant programs.

These grants provide funding to behavioral health peer-run programs to increase capacity and infrastructure to “set the table” for the future Medi-Cal peer support services benefit. Emerging peer run organizations can apply for EPOC funding for up to $200,000. Established peer run organizations with fewer than 50 employees can apply for PWI funding up to $375,000 and those with more can apply for up to  $500,000. These funds can be used to prepare to bill Medi-Cal for peer services and cover costs related to staffing and infrastructure. 

Both programs have a special interest in ensuring high-quality services are available in underserved and high-need communities statewide, including programs that offer bilingual and cultural expertise and those in rural settings.
More details about the grants can be found on the BHWD website at Organizations can apply at Behavioral Health Workforce Development Peer Workforce Investment (PWI) ROUND 2 - Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (

All applications must be submitted by April 11, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PDT).

AHP is proud to be the Administrative Entity for this program.

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