The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $72.5 million in grants through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute the funding to seven states and one local government agency to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbances, as well as for their families. Regions receiving funding include Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Carrol County in Maryland. Grants range from $1 to $3 million per year over four years. “One of the Department’s top three clinical priorities is serious mental illness, and we know that many mental health conditions first appear in childhood or youth,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “HHS continues to support communities and families in meeting the needs of these young people at the earliest opportunity.” The grants will support mental health and related recovery support services for children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbances and their families, and those showing early signs and symptoms of serious mental illness, including first episode psychosis. Grantees will also provide services and referrals for families caring for these youth. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion, and integration of the Systems of Care approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as a part of the CMHI. Data collected from grantees show that children and youth who have previously received System of Care services experienced positive behavioral and emotional health and educational outcomes.
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