Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grant
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) oversees two major block grants: the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG). These block grants give states maximum flexibility to address the unique behavioral health needs of these populations. The MHBG and SABG differ in a number of their practices (e.g., targeted populations) and statutory authorities (e.g., method of calculating Maintenance of Effort (MOE) stakeholder input requirements for planning, set-asides for specific populations or programs, etc.)
In fiscal year (FY) 2011, SAMHSA redesigned the FY 2012-2013 MHBG and SABG applications to better align with the current federal/state environments and related policy initiatives including the Affordable Care Act, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA). The new design offered states the opportunity to complete a combined application for mental health and substance abuse services, submit a biennial versus an annual plan and provide information regarding their efforts to respond to various federal and state initiatives. The new design also reflects the increasing trend among states to integrate their mental health, substance abuse prevention, and treatment administration.
The block grant also requires that the State must have and maintain a State Mental Health Planning Council that meets specific membership requirements. The role of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council in Wyoming is to review the State mental health plan and implementation report and provide recommendations for modification when necessary.
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State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planner
Wyoming’s FY 2020-2021 Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Combined Application can be viewed by using the link below.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Megan Norfolk, State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planner, at the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division 6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 220 Cheyenne, WY 82002 firstname.lastname@example.org 307-777-6494.