Letters to GAO on Nation’s Mental Health System

June 14, 2013

Excerpt: Given that multiple departments and agencies are involved in addressing mental health needs, it is especially important that those involved in supporting major programs to address mental illness make every effort to ensure that federal resources are maximized to meet the needs of this population. We would like GAO to provide information on how key federal departments and agencies, like those discussed above, support programs for individuals with serious mental illness and take steps to ensure their programs meet the needs of this population.

To read the letter to GAO regarding federal mental health programs, click here.

Excerpt: With a total agency budget of about $3.6 billion in fiscal year 2012, several thousand projects were awarded funds by SAMHSA. Of this total, nearly $1 billion was allocated to SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) for mental health-related programs. Adequate oversight of grants can not only help ensure that funds are being used appropriately by grantees, but can also provide a source of ongoing information about implementation and accomplishments that can be used generally to help improve programs over time. We would like GAO to provide information on SAMHSA’s CMHS oversight of its grants for programs, with particular attention to monitoring that occurs during the award period.

To read the letter to GAO regarding SAMHSA oversight the Center for Mental Health Services, click here.

To read a related press release, click here.

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