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The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), supports public mental health services and encourages the development of creative and cost-effective systems of community-based care for people with serious mental disorders.

Through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant to the States, the CMHS works in collaboration with each State to develop and implement its own State Mental Health Plan for improving community-based services and reducing reliance on hospitalization.

Revision of the FY2016-2017 Block Grant Application for the new 10 percent set-aside

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is directed by Congress through its FY 2016 Omnibus bill, Public Law 114-113, to set aside 10 percent of the Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) allocation for each state to support evidence-based programs that provide treatment for those with early serious mental illness (SMI) and a first episode psychosis (FEP) – an increase from the previous 5% set aside.

The State is required to have a mental health planning council, which includes consumers of mental health services and family members, as well as service providers and State officials, to review the Plan and the implementation of the Plan. New Hampshire's council is the State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council.

Public Comments are Welcomed

The State seeks comments from the public on the State Mental Health plans and reports. The Bureau of Mental Health Services encourages and welcomes such comments at anytime.

The public is invited to comment on the planning and progress of the Community Mental Health Block grant initiatives, including the First Episode Psychosis Training.

To submit comments:

Beth Anne Nichols
State Planner: MHBG Behavioral Health
Telephone: (603) 271-5075
Beth.Nichols@dhhs.nh.gov

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