of Central Pennsylvania
NEW FREEDOM INITIATIVE GRANT 2004
- In 2002 the President of the United States formed a commission to
study mental health services and make recommendations for improvement.
- On 22 July 2003 the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental
Health Services in The United States issued their full Report to the
- One of the findings of the report was that researched practices proven
to work took approximately 10 to 15 years to filter from the researchers
down to the actual service delivery level. These practices are termed
Evidence Based Practices.
- In an attempt to improve the implementation of evidence based practices
the Federal Government made dollars available to States who applied
to address the delay in effective treatments being implemented.
- Pennsylvania was one of the States which received a Federal New Freedom
Initiative Grant. Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare
via the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services issued
Requests For Proposals to Counties making training available to counties
who developed a solution oriented approach to improving the offering
of evidence based practices to people receiving mental health services.
- CMSU’s Administrator applied for a grant and CMSU was one of
the six MH programs within the State of Pennsylvania to receive a State
Awarded New Freedom
- Upon notification of receiving the grant, a local committee was formed
made up of consumers of mental health services, family members of consumders
of mental health services, and staff of the county and provider system
offering mental health services to consumers. This committee developed
- It is the task of the committee to guide the local mental health system
toward a recovery-oriented mental health enviornment. Recovery is one
of the evidence-based practices which has shown great promise and benefit
to individuals who receive mental health services.
- In addition, recovery is a concept which encompasses both a philosophy
of providing services and receiving services and also specific actions
which occur in delivering and receiving services.
- Some of the aspects/components of recovery are:
--What we all strive to have, the ability to manage our life goals
--Recognition of individual value
--Collaboration between individuals who receive MH services and those
who provide them
--Offering evidence based practices
--Mental Health Advance Directives
--WRAP (wellness recovery action plans)
--Individuals who receive mental health services operating services
--Instilling into services Hope, Healing, Empowerment
--Both providers and receivers of services focusing on strengths and
--Decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness
- This is not a complete list, and as you can see a simple concept is
- The three-year grant is essentially to provide education to idividuals
receiving mental health services, family members of those individuals
receiving mental health services, staff and providers offering mental
health services and community members so they can together transform
the local Columbia, Montour, Snyder and Union County mental health service
delivery system to support recovery.
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