It's time to hold block grant administrators accountable in a time of funding cuts

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The request for comments regarding the proposed federal fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015 Uniform Application for the Mental Health Block Grant and Substance Abuse Block Grant is published in the July 13, 2012 edition of the Federal Register with a 60-day turnaround time.  The application document which includes both plan and reports has been posted below.

All written comments should be received within 60 days of the published date of this notice.  Written comments are to be submitted to Ms. Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 2–1057, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20857 or e-mail comments to blockgrants@samhsa.hhs.gov.

FY 2014-2015 Information

SAMHSA just released the FY13 budget estimates. Although these have not been enacted and SAMHSA continues to instruct states to use the FY12 figure in their planning for FY13, these estimates indicate that most states will take reductions.

The Children's Mental Health Network has high hopes that the members of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors and the Commissioners they work for will come together in agreement on the following:

You can do your part to encourage your children's directors and commissioners to do the right thing by contacting them and letting them know. Contact information for each group is below:

The Network will do our part by tracking block grant development in all 50 states. It is time that children's mental health funding receives it's fair share in not just a few states, but in all states. Children’s mental health is in danger of being squeezed – your voice is needed. Here are three immediate things you can do to help:

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