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Date: October 3, 2003
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HHS Announces $1.5 Million to Promote Exemplary Mental Health Practices in Communities


Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced 10 one-year grants totaling $1.5 million to promote the adoption of exemplary mental health practices in communities around the country.  These grants are designed to help support consensus building, infrastructure development, and training activities for the delivery of services to children with serious emotional disturbance, adults with serious mental illness and those with co-occurring substance disorders.

“The President’s Commission on Mental Health called on HHS to encourage scientific mental health treatment,” Secretary Thompson said.  “These grants will further that goal by building capacity in local communities.”

These awards are being administered by HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grants are awarded under Phase II of  SAMHSA’s Community Action Grant Program.  Phase I supported the development of consensus among key stakeholders within the applicant’s community.  Phase II supports implementation through training, program adaptation and evaluation.  The two phases of the Community Action Grant program operate in sequence to ensure that tested, effective and documented exemplary practices get the endorsement and support of the community the program intends to serve prior to actual implementation.

“These grants are designed to test and evaluate exemplary programs in new settings with various ethnic, geographic and other populations.  Our goal is an independent life for everyone within the circle of friends and family,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said. 

Grantees include:


Rural Crisis Intervention Team, Blacksburg, Virginia - $149,692.  This grant will implement a rural, multi-jurisdictional program known as the Crisis Intervention Team practice.  This program involves police intervention in mental health crises in order to divert persons with mental illness away from the justice system and into appropriate community-based mental health service programs.

Council for Jewish Elderly, Chicago, Illinois - $149, 863.  This program will adapt the Gatekeeper Model of Case-Finding At-Risk Older Adults in metropolitan Chicago.   The Gatekeeper model includes identification, recruitment and training of community Gatekeepers and the development of an integrated, coordinated mental health, aging and social service response system to meet the needs of community-dwelling, at-risk older adults. 

Center for Common Concerns Inc., San Francisco, California - $150,000 This grant will implement multi disciplinary mobile outreach teams using the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model to serve chronically homeless people with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. 

Concord Counseling Services, Westerville, Ohio - $150,000 This grant will implement a modified Village Integrated Services Agency (ISA) model to serve adults with serious mental illness who also have histories of homelessness, hospitalization, incarceration, and/or co-existing substance abuse. The ISA model is designed to strengthen adults’ abilities while lessening their disabilities.

Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland - $149,690.  This grant will provide services to include job training, and training in independent living skills for persons living with mental illness who are without support from their families.  The program is expected to improve skills for coping with schizophrenia, reduce symptoms and likelihood of relapse, reduce family members’ experienced burdens, and improve family relations. 

Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana - $149,818.  The purpose of this grant is to implement an Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) model and demonstrate this model in 2 new sites.  IDDT is a treatment model that combines intensive mental health and substance abuse services for consumers with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

New Jersey Mental Health Institute Inc., Mercerville, New Jersey - $150,000 This project will implement the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill’s evidence-based, exemplary practice, Family-to-Family educational program.  The twelve-week, two-and-one half hour per week program will be implemented at ten locations within nine urban communities spanning six different counties in New Jersey. 

New York Mental Health Association, Albany, New York - $150,000.  This grant will implement the Individual Placement & Support Program in Columbia-Greene counties in New York.  The goal is enable adults living with severe mental illnesses to realize long-term employment success. 

Cayuga County Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Auburn, New York - $150,000.  This grant will expand the Intensive Supervision Conditional Discharge (ISCD) program that offers alternatives to incarceration or juvenile detention for chronic youthful offenders.  It is based on the exemplary practice of Multisystemic Therapy. 

Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine, Bangor, Maine - $150,000.  This grant will implement Voice and Choice, a project designed to ensure full consumer partnership in planning and operating Maine’s system of mental health and support services. 


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The agency is responsible for accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.




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