Performance Improvement 2008. Did Community Consensus-Building Projects to Encourage Exemplary Evidence-Based Mental Health Services Implement Successfully?


Phase I of the study evaluated consensus building processes, grantee reporting, and barriers to consensus building. Phase II examined process variables such as practice implementation, barriers to implementation, and commitments for the maintenance of exemplary practices. The Community Action Grant Program encouraged adoption and implementation of evidence-based and exemplary practices. The grants supported mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance.

All 17 Phase I grantees achieved consensus among their stakeholders, adopting an exemplary practice. Grantees generally included the use of consensus building models, identified and recruited key community stakeholders; involved service recipients; understood the practice to be implemented; communicated effectively across stakeholders, and had flexible and enthusiastic agency staff. In Phase II, all 30 grantees successfully implemented practices. Most practices emphasized cross-system collaboration. The continued involvement of key stakeholders, often organized into committees, advisories, or work groups was critical to successful implementation. Implementation typically required a little over 14 months, and involved training stakeholders and providers, producing training materials, practice evaluation forms and instruments, websites, communication plans, billing forms and protocols, and referral and resource guides.

Report Title: Evaluation of Community Action Grant Program Phase I – Round 1 Grantees; Evaluation of the Community Action Grant Program Phase II – Rounds 1, 2, and 3. Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor:
SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: David Morrissette, 240-276-1912
Human Interaction Research Institute

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