OHA offers $4 million in grants for peer delivered services

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) offering approximately $4 million in grants to incentivize peer-delivered services in Oregon.

The grants will focus on expansion of peer-delivered services through professional development, continuing education opportunities, and workforce training. The funding is being made available under House Bill 4071(formerly House Bill 2949), which invested $60 million to improve access to behavioral health services for people of color, tribal members, and residents of rural areas.

When selecting grantees, OHA’s Office of Recovery and Resilience will prioritize peer-run organizations and programs that serve individuals and groups experiencing inequities in access to health care resources. To be considered peer-run, an organization must be largely run by people with lived experience in addictions or mental health recovery and operate independently from other behavioral health providers.

All funds awarded through the program must be spent by June 30, 2023.

Eligible funding projects must fall under the following categories:

  • Development of culturally specific and linguistically appropriate certification curriculums.
  • Remote and in-person workforce training.
  • Professional development opportunities, employee wellness programs, and incentives to recruit and retain workers.

Interested applicants can learn more about these grant opportunities, eligibility requirements or apply for the funding here.

OHA staff will host community information sessions about the program. Details and access information can be found here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 11 p.m. OHA will make award notifications no later than Dec. 31, 2022.

For questions about the grant program contact Beau Rappaport at beau.rappaport@dhsoha.state.or.us.