Mental illness affects as many as 54 million Americans within any given year, according to Mental Health America, a national support organization. Any number of mental health problems can prevent a person from carrying out ordinary, everyday activities. Fortunately, grants are available to local and state government agencies that address mental health issues in their communities.
Mental Health Transformation Grants
The federal government offers grants to support mental health services through state and local government agencies. Mental Health Transformation grants enable government agencies to better organize and deliver mental health services within their communities. Grant monies support services that target adults who are considered at-risk for developing serious mental disorders, such as homeless individuals and victims of physical and sexual abuse. Grant award amounts range up to $750,000 per year for up to 5 years.
Caring Across Communities Initiatives
Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Caring Across Communities Initiatives offer grants geared toward helping underserved children and youth. These programs work with elementary, middle and high schools within the public and non-profit sectors. Grant funding particularly targets the cultural and language difficulties experienced by children of immigrant and refugee families when trying to access mental health services. Eligible school systems must work in partnership with community mental health agencies and other school districts. Grant award amounts range up to $100,000 a year for up to three years.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Projects
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Projects funds services within local communities throughout the United States. Nonprofit community agencies, both private and public, can apply for grant assistance. These grants are sponsored through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and made available to state and local government agencies. Funds go toward mental health services that treat individuals and families suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. Grant awards can run as high as $15 million for state and local government assistance.
Urban Indian Health Program
Under the Urban Indian Health Program, the federal government provides mental health, medical, dental and community services to Native Americans who live in urban areas. This program is designed to cover individuals and families who fall outside of eligibility guidelines for other community programs offered through the Indian Health Services Administration. The Urban Indian Health Program issues grants to 34 urban Indian health organizations throughout the United States. Grant funding for mental health services supports individual and family counseling services and sponsored support groups that deal with abuse, depression and emotional problems.