C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program

In accordance with Assembly Bill 118 (Chapter 694, Statutes of 2021), the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will administer $10 million for grant-making to community-based organizations for emergency response pilots, to lessen the reliance on law enforcement agencies as first responders to crisis situations unrelated to a fire department or emergency medical service response.

Grantee Eligibility

Qualified grantees include cities, counties, tribes, and departments of a city, county, or tribe, such as departments of social services, disability services, health services, public health, and behavioral health. Additional eligibility requirements may be articulated by the stakeholder workgroup (see more information below).

CDSS anticipates a competitive funding process for awarding grants, with all grants awarded prior to January 1, 2023.

This website will be updated with additional information on the application and timeline for funding as more details become available.

Stakeholder Workgroup


As part of the implementation of the C.R.I.S.E.S. grant pilot program, CDSS will also convene a stakeholder workgroup to make recommendations to CDSS. The workgroup shall do the following:

  • Provide input regarding criteria for qualified grantees.
  • Provide best practices and program recommendations.
  • Provide consultation on implementation and priorities for technical assistance.
  • Identify barriers to implementation and suggest solutions to address those barriers.
  • Recommend anonymous data to be collected.
  • Collaboratively review data and program outcomes.
  • Advise on the design of the evaluation.

Application Workshop PowerPoint

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is now accepting applications for qualified individuals to serve as members of a stakeholder workgroup for the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (C.R.I.S.E.S.) Act. The purpose of the stakeholder workgroup is to make recommendations to the CDSS regarding implementation of the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act, per Welfare and Institutions Code, section 18999.93.  The CDSS anticipates selecting 11-15 workgroup members with different backgrounds and experiences who can offer diverse perspectives.  The CDSS is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion as we carry out the implementation of the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act.  Those interested in applying to serve on the stakeholder workgroup may click on this link to be taken to application.  The application and all relevant documents should be emailed in PDF format using the provided application to CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov, no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 20, 2022, with the subject line: C.R.I.S.E.S. Act stakeholder workgroup nomination. Please note that incomplete, late, altered, and/or inaccuracy of provided information may be grounds for rejection of the nomination.

Please be advised that the application submission date is now closed EXCEPT for “Emergency medical system practitioners with experience providing community-based, trauma-informed, culturally competent care, de-escalation strategies, and harm reduction support.” We will accept applications in this category until the spot is filled.

To request that the application be translated into a different language, please email  CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov.

Request for Information (RFI)

CDSS has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather information from interested parties who can provide technical assistance, facilitation and convening, and/or evaluation services to support the implementation of the C.R.I.S.E.S Act. The RFI is publicly posted here.

Questions are due by 5 p.m. Pacific time on February 1, 2022. Final responses are due by 5 p.m. on February 15, 2022.

El Departamento de California de Servicios Sociales (CDSS) ahora está aceptando solicitudes de personas que califican para servir como miembros en el grupo de trabajo de partes interesadas para la Ley de Iniciativa de Respuesta Comunitaria para el Fortalecimiento de los Sistemas de Emergencia (Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems, C.R.I.S.E.S). El propósito del grupo de trabajo de las partes interesadas es hacer recomendaciones al CDSS respecto a la implementación de la Ley C.R.I.S.E.S conforme a la sección 18999.93 del Código de Bienestar Público e Instituciones. El CDSS anticipa seleccionar de entre 11 a 15 miembros para el grupo de trabajo con diferentes antecedentes y experiencias, los cuales puedan ofrecer perspectivas diversas. El CDSS está comprometido con garantizar diversidad e inclusión a medida que nosotros realizamos la implementación de la Ley C.R.I.S.E.S. Aquellas personas que estén interesadas en solicitar para servir en el grupo de estudio de las partes interesadas, pueden seleccionar este enlace para ser dirigidos a la solicitud. La solicitud y todos los documentos pertinentes deben de ser enviados por correo electrónico en un formato PDF usando la solicitud proporcionada a CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov a más tardar a las 5:00 p. m. hora estándar del Pacífico el 20 de mayo de 2022. El asunto del correo electrónico debe ser: C.R.I.S.E.S. Act stakeholder workgroup nomination. Por favor tenga en cuenta que la información proporcionada que sea incompleta, tardía, alterada, y/o inexacta puede ser motivo para rechazar la nominación.

Para solicitar que la solicitud sea traducida a un idioma diferente, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions regarding the C.R.I.S.E.S. Grant Pilot Program to CRISESgrants@dss.ca.gov.