Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program provides grants and cooperative agreements to states, communities, territories, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations to improve and expand their systems of care to meet the needs of an estimated 4.5–6.3 million children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. These resources provide an orientation to the CMHI Initiative and an overview for new applicants:

Featured Publications

Systems of Care:A Promising Solution for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances and Their Families

SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (1998)

Provides an overview of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and Their Families and highlights case studies of typical families that have benefited from their involvement in systems of care.

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America

New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003)

Explores the mental health needs of many Americans and provides recommendations for a fundamental transformation of the nation's approach to mental health.

A Compilation of Lessons Learned from the 22 Grantees of the 1997 Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families Program (PDF)

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (1999)

Documents grantees’ experiences in family involvement and empowerment, cultural competency, systems of care, evaluation, and managed care.