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SAMHSA awards $20.6 million for mental health data infrastructure

October 18, 2010
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Rockville, MD — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding a total of up to $20.6 million in funding for up to the next three years to Mental Health Data Infrastructure Grants for Quality Improvement programs (State DIG). These grants will implement and strengthen the annual collection of the Uniform Reporting System (URS) measures, which include the National Outcome Measures (NOMs), and will fund state mental health authorities to improve state and local data infrastructure for reporting and planning. A primary focus of the grant will be to report client level data for five of the 10 NOMs. This project also supports SAMHSA’s Mental Health Block Grant program.

A total of 55 grants have been awarded. The state mental health authorities in all 50 states (including the District of Columbia) were awarded grants up to $132,941 each year for three years. The mental health authorities for the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands were awarded grants up to $60,000 each year for three years. The actual amounts may vary, depending on the availability of these funds and the performance of the grantees. These grants are part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative to help prevent and treat mental illnesses.

For additional information about these grants and other SAMHSA programs, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/.

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