Lone Star State Doesn't Go it Alone in Providing Youth Mental Health Services

Between March 1996 and December 1997 the State of Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, set up the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative to develop local organized service-delivery systems for children with multiple needs that are family based, accountable for outcomes, and that maximize all funding sources.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Mental Health Services Program for Youth Replication.

Key Results

  • Each site used the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative to get out of categorical funding and build community-based services.
  • In keeping with the principle that local control would produce better outcomes on every level, the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative supported the sites in creating governance structures that build on their current interagency infrastructures.
  • Rather than designate a lead agency to receive pooled funds, each of the sites chose to create a new locally controlled nonprofit agency that could receive public funds. At each site, the funds being pooled included state, local, and federal dollars.
  • All the sites planned for full operation of their models by January of 1998.