It is now well documented that knowledge gained through research has, in many instances, not been translated to everyday clinical practice in the mental health field.
A wide variety of effective, community-based services, carefully refined through years of research, exist for even the most severe mental health conditions yet are not being translated into community settings. A huge gap exists between what we know about treating mental illness and the availability of treatments, services and programs that are so vital to recovery.
The Foundation uses the standards set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in identifying a model as evidence-based and defines it as follows: a practice that has demonstrated positive results in at least two randomized control studies or in a large series of single-case experiments.
The Foundation awards two-year grants annually ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per year to governmental agencies and non-profit organizations that provide behavioral health care and services in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland or Washtenaw) to implement and evaluate proven practices and programs that improve both the delivery of behavioral health services and treatment outcomes for adults 21 years and older.