Federal and state funds for mental health and substance abuse have become overly restricted and complicated. These "funding silos" have in turn caused fragmentation of services and created significant barriers to people seeking care. A number of states and regions are planning or have launched innovative initiatives designed to reduce service fragmentation and increase access to care by integrating the various funding streams. This project will engage those involved in these initiatives in a learning network, featuring facilitated discussions, peer-based learning, and technical support to help the states and regions more effectively design and implement integrated financing strategies for mental health and substance abuse. The project will help advance the Foundatin's strategy to increase the use of evidence-based treatments by addressing fragmented financing systems, which have large negative impacts on the capacity of treatment centers to implement effective treatments. The project adds to the already funded State Demonstration Initiative, Resources for Recovery, and other ongoing national programs, by supporting learning among those at the early stages of innovation so that lessons learned can be disseminated more quickly. Participants representing public payers and agencies, state legislators, provider associations, and other professional organizations will meet six times to discuss specific topics. In between meetings, technical assistance and peer-based learning will be given through online, phone, and web-based activities by the project directors with assistance from the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislators.
Amount Awarded $699,716.00
Awarded on: 12/14/2005
Time frame: 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2008
Grant Number: 55403