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DHSS CARES Act Health Care Relief Fund: Behavioral Health

Program Summary

The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is charged with distributing funds to healthcare organizations serving clients and patients in Delaware. They are authorized by the State of Delaware to distribute CARES Act Relief funds to health care entities for expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All expenses must comply with U.S. Treasury Department guidance and FAQ and applicants must attest to terms and conditions required by the State in addition to completing the below application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded based on a predetermined formula.

Applications are due no later than November 25, 2020.

The application is included below. Applicants will need to provide: 1) their organizational information; 2) a brief overview and line-item budget of how the entity will spend awarded funds; 3) a line item budget.

All complete applications should be submitted as attachments by email to:

Send questions by email to:

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must have an active license from the Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ), Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), or from the Division of Professional Regulation (DPR).

Applicants must be a community behavioral health care provider serving clients or patients in Delaware and have been in operation as of February 1, 2020.

The BH industry distribution formula was primarily based on the proportion of total Medicaid/CHIP fee-for-service and managed care claim payments incurred in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019 (4Q CY 2019) combined with any direct vendor payments that DSAMH made for services incurred in the 4Q CY 2019 attributed to each provider. Inpatient hospital and non-BH or IMD related services were excluded.

Due to a large volume of provider entities having low claims/vendor payments, any provider entity with claims/vendor payments less than $5,000 in total from the 4Q CY 2019 was assigned an up to $2,500 relief fund amount.

The remaining funds were then distributed to each remaining provider based on the proportion of total Medicaid/CHIP claims plus DSAMH vendor payments from the 4Q CY 2019 for those providers. For example, if BH entity #012 had 2.50% of total claims/vendor payments, BH entity #012 is able to receive up to 2.50% of the total. Each provider listed can receive up to their respective amount.

Eligible BH providers who did not receive an industry award amount under this category may be eligible for a subject area award.

To see what your BH entity could be eligible for, check this list: Behavioral Health

Applicants who have received funding from a Health Care Relief Fund industry-based program are ineligible to apply for any subject-based fund.

Reporting Requirements

Applicants will be required to attest that they reviewed the U.S. Treasury Department guidance and FAQ, will use received funds for acceptable expenses as defined in those documents, as well as to attest to legal terms and conditions.


Funding is available through a one-time federal funding award.


The timeline will vary based on application submission date and when it receives budget approval. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting November 10, 2020.