Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. The Population Targeted for Services


The population targeted for TANF-funded mental health services differs by state, reflecting, for the most part, whether program administrators chose to provide services only to TANF recipients, to those considered "at risk" for TANF involvement, and/or to those who once received TANF services. Program administrators also considered whether to serve only adults on TANF or to extend mental health services to children. These decisions about the target population influence not only who might be eligible for mental health services, but also how many individuals might be eligible.

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