HHS Awards $8.4 Million for New Approaches to Treating Mental Illness, OHIO Receives Multi-Year Grant.WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /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 awards totaling $8.4 million over three years to support efforts in nine states to implement and evaluate evidence- based practices for treating mental illnesses.
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 nine grants. First year funding totals $2,825,629. All nine grantees will provide training and continuing education for mental health service providers and other stakeholders. Each grantee will implement one or more of the following six evidence-based practices for which SAMHSA has previously developed implementation resource kits: Assertive Community Treatment Assertive community treatment, or ACT, is a form of total in-community care for people with serious, long-term mental illness. Definition
The defining characteristics of ACT include:
"Research has helped us learn a great deal about what treatments work best," Secretary Thompson said. "This grant program is using these research findings to improve treatments offered by states and communities."
SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said: "One of SAMHSA's core responsibilities is transferring the knowledge developed by science to those who treat people with mental illnesses. We know that with effective treatments people with mental illness can and do recover. This program gives people that new hope."
The kits include instructive guides, manuals, videos, scales for measuring fidelity to the models and several other pieces that offer guidance to practitioners, consumers of mental health services and their families, administrators and other audiences.
The awards are expected to last three years. Annual renewals of the awards depend on the availability of funds and progress achieved.
The grantees include:
Ohio Department of Mental Health -- $323,250. This project will implement and evaluate the Supported Employment Resource Kit and aims to increase rates of employment for people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. The program is expected to receive $324,450 in Year 2 and $324,780 in Year 3.
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
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