The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant is a flexible funding source that may be used to provide a range of mental health services. The funds also support service delivery through planning, administration, evaluation, and educational activities. State's develop their block grant plans in collaboration with the State mental health planning councils in which membership is statutorily mandated to include consumers, family members of adult and child consumers, providers, and representatives of other principal state agencies. This evaluation examined the extent to which States and the Federal government are implementing the program according to the authorizing legislation, capacity to leverage block grant funds to implement State mental health system transformation, the State planning process, and implementation reports.
Over six million adults and children accessed mental health services through state mental health agencies during FY 2010. All States had mental health planning and advisory councils which played significant roles in statewide planning, advocacy, and outreach efforts. The block grant program empowered state mental health administrations to better address the needs of adults and children with serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances. States used the funds to initiate or supplement promising practices including peer support, jail diversion, suicide prevention, telemedicine, self-directed care, and disaster response.
Report Title: National Evaluation of the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (CMHSBG) http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA10-4610
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: John Morrow, 240-276-1783
Performer: Altarum Institute
Record ID: 8719 (Report issued February 28, 2011)