Changes in state Mental Health Block Grant funding result in targeted efforts to address early psychosis. Learn how these programs are providing support.
In early 2015, Mary* was in crisis. A sophomore attending the University of Maryland, she had to take leave of her studies because she started having some distracting and disturbing symptoms. Mary had hallucinations and experienced paranoia and delusional thoughts – she was experiencing the onset of psychosis.
She found help through a referral to the OnTrack Maryland team. The program, offered at Family Services, Inc., is designed for young adults who, like Mary, may be experiencing early symptoms of psychosis. It’s one of many programs throughout the country that received distinct funding and support from SAMHSA to address first-break psychosis.
Through a Congressional appropriations bill, SAMHSA is directed to set aside a percentage of Mental Health Block Grants to address serious mental illness, including psychosis. Linking specific funding to address specific mental health disorders began in 2015, as five percent of the amount allocated to each state.
As SAMHSA prepares for a second year of block grant set-aside funding to address psychosis, states are starting to report successful results and inspiring stories of recovery just as they consider how best to use the second year of set-aside budget. The 2016 set-aside increased from 5 percent to 10 percent, and must be used to address first-break psychosis, specifically.