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SAMHSA Awards $16.8 Million in State and Community Partnership Grants for Healthy Transitions Initiative for Youth with Serious Mental Health ChallengesGrants Will Support Integrated Mental Health Services and Supports
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that it is awarding grants totaling almost $16.8 million over five years to states for integrated home- and community-based services and supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health challenges and their families. The Healthy Transitions Initiative will develop or build upon existing systems to provide these youth and their families with educational, employment, mental health and other services designed to enhance their well being and ensure their successful transition to adulthood and independence.
“These grants will help provide integrated services to young people with special mental health needs during a particularly critical juncture in their lives – the transition to adulthood,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, DDS, M.P.H. “The service and support networks funded through these grants offer these young people new hope and opportunities for living fulfilling lives in the community.”
Under the grant program, 7 recipients will be awarded up to $480,000 per year for up to 5 years. Continuation of these awards is subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by the awardees. This grant program will be administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.
The grantees include:
Utah Department of Human Services -- $480,000 per year for implementation of its PASSAGE program to improved the mental health and well-being of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions as they transition into adulthood.
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- $480,000 per year to design and implement a system of care network of services meeting the needs of young adults as they grow into full adulthood.
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse -- $480,000 per year to provide services and supports designed to help those aged 16 to 25 with serious mental conditions and their families. These services include efforts to help these young people complete their education, find and keep a job, and achieve independent living in the community.
Missouri Department of Mental Health -- $479,506 per year for developing a comprehensive approach to provided services and supports to young people with severe and persistent mental illness in order to help them succeed in living productive, independent lives.
State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services -- $480,000 per year for its Project O-YEAH, which offers three tiers of strength-based, recovery-oriented, age-appropriate, culturally and neighborhood-anchored support for older youth and young adults who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities -- $480,000 per year to use a system of care approach to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood in areas such as education, employment, housing and accessing behavioral health services.
Maine Department of Health & Human Services -- $479,959 per year for its Moving Forward initiative to address the special educational, housing, employment, and health needs of youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance or mental health issues.
For additional information about SAMHSA grants go to http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/
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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