The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the opening of the Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund. The portal to apply for and receive funds opened on Monday, October 5th. The $20 billion in new funding is targeted for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. More specifically, previously ineligible providers now being allowed to apply for these relief funds, and HHS is encouraging enrollment for those who are unsure of eligibility. Previously, the only MFTs who could apply for funding were those who were Medicaid and CHIP approved providers, However, the Phase 3 distribution is open to most behavioral health providers.
The deadline for application is November 6th, 2020, so we encourage MFTs to apply while applications are still open. HHS announced in their press release, “HHS’s top priority is ensuring as many providers possible have an opportunity to apply.”
Unlike previous relief funds, this wave appears to be more open and targeted for behavioral health providers. Mental health providers, including MFTs, could greatly benefit from this relief fund. We understand that many have been put in financially tight situations due to COVID-19, and hope that this Phase 3 Provider Relief fund can help MFTs get back through the rest of the pandemic.