The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) last month announced the award of $92.5 million to seven states over five years for Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants.
These cooperative agreements will provide funds to transform state mental health service delivery systems--from systems dictated by outmoded bureaucratic and financial incentives to systems driven by consumer and family needs that focus on building resilience and facilitating recovery.
The grants help to advance the transformation agenda outlined in SAMHSA's report, Transforming Mental Health Care in America. The Federal Action Agenda: First Steps, which outlined 70 action steps to help transform mental health care, and cites an unprecedented collaboration among 20 key federal agencies (see MHW, July 22).
"The overriding goals of the mental health state …