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SAMHSA Awards $184.5 Million in Grants for Child Mental Health Services; OREGON RECEIVES $9 MILLION FOR INNOVATIVE GRANT PROPOSAL.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Charles Curie, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the award of 25 cooperative agreements totaling $184.5 million over six years to provide comprehensive community mental health services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

These grants will be used to implement a "Systems of Care" approach to services that is based on the premise that the mental health needs of children and adolescents can be best met within their home, school, and community and families and youth should be the driving force in the transformation of their own care. The grants will be used to establish a full array of mental health and support services organized into a coordinated network in order to meet the unique clinical and functional needs of each child and family.

"Systems of care change lives of children with serious emotional disturbance for the better, one child at a time. Unless provided with appropriate care, these youngsters often experience significant challenges in school, and are at high risk of being removed from home and family to institutional settings," said Administrator Curie. "The awards we are announcing today will help countless children achieve their full potential in life."

The awards are for up to $1 million in the first year and are renewable for up to six years. The total funding for 2005 is $23.5 million. There is a requirement for an increasing ratio of non-federal matching dollars to federal dollars for this program. Continuation of these awards is subject to availability of funds as well as the progress achieved by the awardees.
 Grants were awarded to:

 Arkansas



State of Arkansas, Little Rock -- $1 million for the first year to develop, through the "ACTION for Kids" project, an integrated, community-based system of care to provide comprehensive services for children with serious emotional disorders who live in some of the state's poorest Mississippi River Delta counties.

California

Butte County, Chico -- $992,919 for the first year to establish wraparound services, such as transportation, educational services and other needs, that provide a complete system of care for children with severe emotional disturbance through "Connecting Circles of Care", a partnership of a family run organization, Native American tribal organization, and the county behavioral health department. Care will be delivered by teams based in family resource centers.

California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc., Sacramento -- $1,000,000 for the first year to implement a system of care model for delivering mental health services to urban American Indian and Alaska Native Children who have a serious emotional disturbance and their families, in Los Angeles County.

County of Los Angeles -- $1,000,000 for the first year to enable the Integrated Service System for Infants, Preschoolers, and Families Program to provide comprehensive mental health services to children from birth to five years of age, and their families. The children served are in the child welfare system or at risk of entry, have a serious emotional or behavioral problem, and live in an underserved area of Los Angeles County.

Placer County Health and Human Services, Auburn -- $914,114 for the first year to complete the transformation of children's mental health services in its existing multi-agency system of care through a partnership with Latino, Native American, and transitional-age (18-21) youth. The county will form a system transformation team to oversee and govern the process. Parents and youth will be involved at all levels of the system of care.

Connecticut

State of Connecticut, Hartford -- $1,000,000 for the first year to enable the state's Department of Children and Families to transform mental health service delivery for children from birth to five years of age and their families in southeastern Connecticut through its "Building Blocks for Bright Beginnings Project". Primary activities of the program include workforce development for caregivers and comprehensive services for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

Florida

Sarasota County Government -- $ 1,000,000 for the first year to enable the Sarasota Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership to improve and increase mental health and non-mental health services for infants and very young children consistent with systems-of-care and best practices, and link the mental health system with services appropriate for young children.

Hawaii

Child and adolescent Mental Health Division, Honolulu -- $954,568 for the first year to support "Project Ho'omohala" (meaning evolving toward maturity) in the development of a system of care to meet transitional needs of youth 18-21 with emotional and/or behavioral challenges in the Kalihi-Palama community. Families and youth will be active partners in the governing structure and evaluation process.

Illinois

Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago -- $999,980 for the first year to develop the Child Adolescent Recovery Experience (CARE), system of care for McHenry County youth with serious emotional disturbance. All provided services will be made accessible and culturally inclusive. They will put special focus on the rapidly expanding Latino population.

Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston -- $1,000,000 for the first year to support the collaborative efforts of Central Massachusetts Communities of Care in its goal of systems transformation in central Massachusetts to divert youth with serious emotional disturbance from unnecessary juvenile justice involvement.

Maine

Maine D.H.H.S., Augusta, ME -- $999,728 for the first year to support the state's Behavioral Health Services in building an infrastructure and implementing an integrated system of care for children ages birth through 18 with serious emotional disturbances. There will be special emphasis on more effectively addressing the needs of vulnerable and high risk groups, and young people who have experienced trauma.

Michigan

Community Mental Health Authority, Lansing -- $700,738 for the first year to support a collaborative of child-serving agencies in Ingham County to create an effective, transformed system of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance that will reduce the need for out-of-home placements and psychiatric hospitalizations and assist youths and families to achieve the highest possible level of functioning.

Kalamazoo City Community Mental Health, Nazareth -- $1,000,000 for the first year to enable Kalamazoo Wraps Care for Children with Emotional Disturbance project to expand and broaden service capacity with a special focus on populations that have historically been the most challenged. A minimum of 100 children and their families will receive project services annually.

Minnesota

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, St. Cloud -- $979,687 for the first year to develop a comprehensive, integrated children's mental health delivery system across four rural counties. The community-based system will provide comprehensive, timely assessments and will employ evidence-based practice models.

Montana

Blackfeet Tribe, Browning -- $1,000,000 for the first year to support the Po'ka Project's Blackfeet Children System of Care in its efforts to develop a reservation-wide children's mental health system. The system's objectives are to implement the system of care philosophy at the local tribal level; and to identify, plan for, and facilitate a process for enabling children with serious emotional disturbance and their families to access services that meet their needs.

New York

Monroe County, Rochester -- $1,000,000 for the first year to enable ACCESS (Achieving Culturally Competent and Effective Services and Supports) to develop infrastructure, service delivery and financial reforms need to support the efforts of the Monroe County Office of Mental Health to transform all aspects of mental health care for children and youth having severe emotional disturbance.

North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, Area Mental Health, Charlotte -- $999,788 for the first year to support the Mecklenburg CARES initiative. The initiative, building on a pilot system of care project, will help the community increase its capacity to work collaboratively, improve service delivery to children and families, and mobilize the broader community to develop resources to address the needs of children and families.

Oregon

Multonomah Education Service District, Portland -- $1,000,000 for the first year to support Wraparound Oregon: Early Childhood, a system of care for young children, ages birth to eight who are exhibiting severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The project is a partnership between the Multonomah Education Service District and the local public child welfare authority.

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Pittsburgh -- $857,584 for the first year to transform the current fragmented method of delivering treatment and support to young children to a system of care that reaches 100 children and their families with necessary services, care and support. Services will be provided at the local community level and will be available in a variety of venues including family daycare homes, houses of worship, and child care centers.

Beaver County, Beaver Falls -- $983,284 for the first year to develop a comprehensive system of care for adolescents and young adults (14 to 21 years) involved with the juvenile justice system who have a co-occurring mental health/substance abuse disorder.

Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island, Providence -- $1,000,000 for the first year to build an infrastructure that supports collaboration between state educational and social service departments and the school system. The system will increase services to youth in need and provide better access to effective treatment and support. Additional services and supports using evidence-based practices will also be developed.

South Dakota

Yankton Sioux Tribe, Wagner -- $469,000 for the first year to develop and implement a system of care for all youth living within the boundary of the Yankton Sioux Reservation. The system will provide mental health services for reservation youth with serious emotional disturbance.

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Mental Health, Nashville -- $1,000,000 for the first year to enable the Mule Town Family Network: A System of Care for Maury County initiative to plan, implement, and evaluate wraparound services that respond to the needs of children and youth from birth to 21 years, with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

Texas

Harris County, Houston -- $999,959 for the first year to support the efforts of the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults to create a single integrated system of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. The initiative will be undertaken in collaboration with other county agencies, family groups, and other community and state health department partners.

Wyoming

State of Wyoming, Cheyenne -- $998,812 for the first year to enable the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Division to provide for infrastructure development and service provision and improve the system of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. 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 system.

CONTACT: SAMHSA, +1-240-276-2130

Web site: http://www.samhsa.gov/
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