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Ten States and Puerto Rico Receive SAMHSA Funding for Pilot Programs to Enhance Transformation of Mental Health SystemsProgram supports an array of infrastructure and service delivery improvement activities to further the vision of Transforming Mental Health Systems for the 21st Century.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the selection of Transformation Transfer Initiative program funding awards to 10 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The states selected are Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Each of these states and Puerto Rico will receive an award for up to $105,000 for one year.
The Transformation Transfer Initiative will support new and expanded efforts to improve the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems that foster recovery and meet the multiple needs of consumers.
The pilot programs will also explore new ways of getting mental health care services to everyone in need – a critical public health challenge. For example, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among the 24.9 million adults aged 18 or older with serious psychological distress, only 10.9 million (44 percent) received treatment for a mental health problem in the past year.
The Transformation Transfer Initiative’s pilot programs will implement a number of innovative approaches to meeting these mental health challenges, including:
“The Transformation Transfer Initiative will build a wealth of experience in the steps it takes to improve mental health services for consumers and their families,” said SAMHSA Administrator, Terry Cline, Ph.D. “The knowledge gained through these individual awards will be shared with other states and territories working to provide more coordinated and effective care.”
The awardees were announced by A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services in an address at a meeting of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.
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