HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.8 - Increase the Availability and Effectiveness of Mental Health Care Services


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will improve the capacity of community mental health serviceDoctor consultation providers to deliver comprehensive, integrated, culturally competent mental health services. Our strategy will focus on capacity building related to priority population groups and providers, and it will include:

  • providing seed money to communities to identify exemplary practices, build consensus for adoption of a specific practice, and provide technical assistance for adoption and implementation.

  • increasing block grant funds that respond to the mental health and other service needs of those with serious emotional disturbances.

  • promoting the use of culturally appropriate mental health services for underserved populations, such as ethnic and racial groups.

  • providing funding to communities to develop comprehensive, family-driven systems of care for children and their families in which mental health services are coordinated with other services such as education, juvenile justice, substance abuse, and other health services.

  • educating primary care providers on the identification and referral of patients with mental health problems.

  • educating personnel from state and area agencies on aging about how to recognize and make available appropriate services for depression and other mental health problems among older Americans.

3.8 Implementation Strategies
  • Capacity Building
  • Anti-Stigma Campaign
  • Knowledge Development
  • developing and implementing strategies and providing technical assistance to states and health plans on how to improve the recognition and treatment of mental disorders among Medicaid and dually eligible (Medicaid/ Medicare) beneficiaries.

  • supporting centers and state collaboration efforts to provide mental health services to youth at risk for becoming runaway and homeless.

We will launch an anti-stigma campaign, based on the Surgeon General's mental health report, to increase the likelihood that people will seek mental health services.

We will develop knowledge to improve the effectiveness of mental health services. Our efforts will focus on:

  • gathering state-of-the-art information on the current status of our nation's cognitive and emotional health to set improvement goals (the Healthy Brain Project).

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of treatments for mental disorders among various target populations, such as treatment outcomes among different groups of women, and the interaction and impact of race, culture, and socioeconomic status in terms of patient preferences, treatments, and health outcomes.

  • developing better preventive interventions, diagnostic tools, medication, behavioral, and combined medication-behavioral interventions, and rehabilitation models.