In addition to these efforts, SAMHSA is expanding funding for evidence-based treatments for adults with SMI and children with SED. Eight states are currently operating certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) to expand access to comprehensive, evidence-based care. In fiscal year 2018, $100 million in new funding is being awarded through a new CCBHC expansion grant program to community clinics. We are also accepting applications to develop or expand evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs Mental Health Awareness Month is a great time to learn more about what your community and state are doing to help people affected by SMI and SED.
In addition to new grant programs, SAMHSA is also strengthening the way it providers training and technical assistance in the field of mental health treatment and recovery support services. Just last week, we posted an announcement regarding funding for Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Cooperative Agreements (MHTCC). The MHTTCs will maintain a collaborative network to support training, technical assistance, and workforce development to clinicians and others to ensure that high quality, effective mental health treatment and recovery support services, and evidence-based practices are available for all individuals with mental disorders, in particular those with SMI.
Now more than ever, Mental Health Awareness Month offers an opportunity to improve the lives of people living with SMI and their family members. I urge you to join us for several special events throughout the month to learn how we can work together to reduce the impact of substance use and mental illness on America’s communities: