Integrating the planning of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

Dates: 2012

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Rhode Island Department of BHDDH

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health


Integrated treatment produces better outcomes for individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. Without integrated treatment, one or both disorders may not be addressed properly.

A Federal Statute tied to the Federal Mental Health Block Grant requires states to convene a Mental Health Planning Council. The State of Rhode Island's General Laws require that a Council on Behavioral Health meet regularly and make recommendations to the Governor regarding mental health and substance abuse services in Rhode Island.

In response to these requirements and to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) plan to integrate the planning of mental health and substance abuse services, JSI worked with the Governor's Council on Behavioral Health (GC) to facilitate the development of a plan to help RI integrate its substance abuse and mental health planning processes under combined behavioral health planning councils. The plan was used in the development of the next RI substance abuse/mental health block grant. As a result of the planning process, RI also provided technical assistance and acted as a mentor to other states for integrated substance abuse and mental health planning.

JSI was responsible for working with GC and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to produce a workplan, which included facilitating meetings, organizing information, overseeing the technical writing process, producing project materials, and providing a summary report.