The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Statewide Consumer Network (SCN) grants. The purpose of this program is to improve mental health services for people with serious mental illness. In doing so, the program seeks to enhance statewide mental health consumer-run and –controlled organizations to promote service system capacity and infrastructure that is consumer-driven, recovery-focused, trauma-informed, culturally relevant, holistic, and resiliency-oriented. Program goals are to: (1) enhance consumer participation, voice, leadership, and empowerment statewide to effect systems change and improve the quality of mental health services; (2) facilitate access to evidence-based and promising practices; (3) enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities within mental health service and/or peer support providers related to recovery and trauma-informed approaches; (4) emphasize and build consumer leadership within the organizations and in the community, as well as through partnerships and collaboration with allied stakeholders; and (5) promote activities related to the following: partnership development with families, young adults and peers in addiction recovery; peer support values and standards; and trauma-informed peer support.
Toward that end, the program promotes activities such as training, leadership, and skills development; trauma-informed and gender responsive peer support and peer certification standards; consumer involvement in the development and delivery of evidence-based and promising practices; peer participation in crisis planning, early intervention and crisis response; diversity and cultural responsiveness; partnership development, and integrated care and wellness. It also seeks to address the needs of underserved and under-represented consumers, including those from ethnic, racial, or cultural minority groups; sexual orientation and gender minority individuals; those with histories of chronic homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system; and those with co-occurring mental health, trauma-related, and/or substance use disorders.
The SCN program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served. (See PART II: Appendix F – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)
SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental health and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services provides a cost-effective opportunity to advance and protect the nation’s health. To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified six Strategic Initiatives to focus the agency’s work to improve lives and capitalize on emerging opportunities. The SCN program closely aligns with the Recovery Support and Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiatives.
SCN grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.