March 8, 2007
Six community groups in Texas have been selected to receive about $200,000 each over a four-year period to improve mental health services delivery in their areas.
Funding was awarded to Coastal Bend Rural Health Partnership, Alice; Dallas County Unified Public Mental Health Initiative, Dallas; Mental Health Connection, Fort Worth; Terrell County Behavioral Mental Health Collaborative, Sanderson; West Texas Community Coalition, Plainview; and Williamson County Mental Health Task Force, Cedar Park.
The groups were competitively selected from 20 applications received.
The funds were awarded by the Texas Health Institute under a mental health transformation activities contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Results of the community groups’ work, including efforts to improve communications capabilities among agencies and other groups that deal with the mentally ill, could be used as models for improving mental health services delivery in other parts of the state. The funds are from a $13.7 million, five-year grant awarded to Texas by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2005. Texas is one of nine states that have been chosen for the grants to transform mental health services delivery to a more consumer-driven, recovery-oriented approach.
(News media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)