Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. Identifying Clients in Need of Assistance

08/01/2001

One of the first steps in providing mental health services is identifying clients who would benefit from the services and who are willing to participate in mental health treatment. Not only do programs vary in how clients are identified for mental health services, local offices within the same program frequently vary in their approach to identifying clients. Overall, there is no evidence to suggest that one approach is better than another for identifying clients in need of mental health services. Using multiple approaches in combination appears to be the most effective strategy and the one used by most local offices. Some of the primary ways that clients are identified for or informed about mental health services are discussed below.

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