This bill proposes appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2025, specifically targeting community and transitional housing initiatives through community mental health centers. A total of $500,000 is allocated for housing grants, which are nonlapsing and continually appropriated to support the stabilization and growth of such housing. The bill stipulates that grants up to $25,000 per bed may be awarded to community mental health centers, with a request for grant applications to be initiated by December 1, 2024. Priority is to be given to veterans in need, and funds are prohibited from aiding individuals not legally present in the United States. Additionally, the bill includes another $500,000 for community mental health center supported housing programs to cover non-billable services for supported community housing. The governor is tasked with determining the use of any remaining discretionary funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or other federal funds, with any remainder coming from general funds.

The fiscal impact of the bill indicates an increase in state expenditures by $1,000,000 in FY 2025, with no new revenue or positions authorized. The funding sources are federal funds and, if necessary, general funds. The bill's effective date is set for July 1, 2024. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to issue a request for grant applications for housing grants and to manage the appropriation for community mental health center supported housing programs. The bill's fiscal note acknowledges the need for a new Program Specialist IV position, with associated costs provided for subsequent fiscal years, although the Department has not yet responded with a worksheet for the amended bill.