Federal Mental Health Block Grant Program

Public Law 102-321 establishes the Federal Block Grant for Mental Health Services. This federally funding program is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services, a division of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Each year, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services applies for an award under this program and currently receives an annual grant of approximately $13 million. Of this amount, approximately $4 million is allocated for mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.

The federal statute establishing this program requires the funds to be expended through the state's public mental health system. Through individual block grant contracts with community mental health services programs, these resources are focused on development and maintenance of community based services. For children, the block grant is used primarily to support services that help to build the system of care for children with SED and their families.

Contact: Sheri Falvay 517-241-5762, falvays@michigan.gov

             Jennifer Stentoumis 517-335-6258 stentoumisj@michigan.gov