Staff Report

Cottage Health is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Community Partnership Grants Behavioral Health Initiative. Committed to funding efforts that address community needs through evidence-based interventions, the 2021-2022 Behavioral Health Initiative brings a new focus to improving behavioral health outcomes and quality of life for children and youth, and their families, in south and mid-Santa Barbara County.

Guided by community input collected during Cottage Health’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Listening Tour, the grants program offers a multi-year funding opportunity to promote collaboration across organizations and takes an initiative-level approach to behavioral health support.

The Behavioral Health Initiative includes an emphasis on health equity and partners to implement each of these three key strategies:

  1. Increase access to behavioral health services;
  2. Reduce barriers to accessing and utilizing behavioral health services through policy and systems change efforts; and
  3. Reduce the rates of behavioral health needs through prevention efforts.

An application workshop will be held virtually on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. RSVP to Leah Wooldridge at to receive a link to the meeting. 

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  To learn more about the grants and how to apply, visit 

About Cottage Health 

The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region.  Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,100 newborns.