North Dakota Mental Health Planning Council (NDMHPC)
North Dakota Mental Health Block Grant
- States are required to submit yearly applications to receive federal block grant funds. The Mental Health Block Grant program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), which is an agency of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- The objective of block grant planning, in general, is to support the State creation and expansion of comprehensive, community-based systems of care for adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance.
- The goal of the Mental Health Block Grant program is to help individuals with serious mental illnesses lead independent and productive lives.
- The block grant program has served as an impetus in promoting and encouraging states to reduce the number of people receiving care in state psychiatric hospitals and to develop community-based systems of care.