HHS Awards $57 Million for Children's Mental Health; LOUISIANA Program Can Expect $9.5 Million Over 6 Years.WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Health and Human Services Noun 1. Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced $57 million over six years for seven cooperative agreements to develop systems of care that deliver community mental health services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, and their families.
HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), was established in 1992 by the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (Pub. L. No. 102-321). (SAMHSA SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ) will administer the seven cooperative agreements. First year funding totals $6,991,093. All seven grantees will develop community service systems for their targeted population and participate in a national multi-site evaluation to strengthen their capacity to care for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.
"The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health concluded that our nation's mental health service delivery system must provide services and treatments that are consumer and family-oriented," Secretary Thompson said. "These grants will help us move toward this end by helping many children with serious emotional disturbances, and their families."
"It is important that children in need of mental health services can be treated with quality services within their communities," SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie Curie (kürē`), family of French scientists.
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There are an estimated 4.5-6.3 million children and youth with serious emotional disturbances.
These awards are expected to last six years. Annual renewals of the awards depend on the availability of funds and progress achieved.
The grantees include: Louisiana Says YES to Children Initiative, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes, La. -- $1,000,000 for the first year. This project will incorporate a comprehensive and coordinated system of care for children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. The program is expected to receive $1,500,000 in year two, $2,500,000 in year three, 2,000,000 in year four, $1,500,000 in year five and $1,000,000 in year six.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS . The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.
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