The Community Action Grant Program (CAG) facilitated the adoption and implementation of exemplary practices in mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance. The grant program had two phases, each one year long. In Phase I, applicants convened stakeholders (e.g., consumers, policy-makers, providers) to build consensus to adopt a chosen practice, as well as identify a funding source to fund the practice implementation. In Phase II, successful Phase I grantees implemented the practice. Human Interaction Research Institute (HIRI) conducted an evaluation of the first three cohorts of CAG Phase II projects. Although every project experienced barriers and challenges to implementation, successful implementation was achieved by all 30 CAG projects studied for this evaluation. The target populations included adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), children and youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), adults over 60 years of age, adults who come into contact with the criminal justice system, and adults with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Target communities included single cities, groups of cities, single counties, multiple counties and statewide populations.
PIC ID: 8069; Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Federal Contact: Morrisette, David, 240-276-1912; Performer: Human Interaction Research Institute, Los Angeles CA