The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant (MH-TSIG) was part of the federal response to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, established in April 2002, to conduct a comprehensive study of the mental health service delivery system and make recommendations based on its findings. The Commission recommended a transformation of the mental health care system to a recovery oriented system which addressed six goals:
Goal 1: Americans understand that mental health is essential to overall health.
Goal 2: Mental health care is consumer and family driven.
Goal 3: Disparities in mental health services are eliminated.
Goal 4: Early mental health screening, assessment, and referral to services are common practice.
Goal 5: Excellent mental health care is delivered, and research is accelerated.
Goal 6: Technology is used to access mental health care and information.
Oklahoma was one of nine states to receive a five-year, $13.5 million grant from the federal government to transform Oklahoma's mental health and substance abuse service delivery system into one driven by consumer and family needs that focus on resilience and recovery. The Innovation Center, hosted by ODMHSAS, became the agency for the Transformation State Incentive Grant and served as a hub of transformation activities on behalf of multiple state agencies, community partnerships and the Governor's Transformation Advisory Board.
The initial steps were made by conducting a state wide needs assessment and resource inventory of the mental health and substance abuse needs within the state. In response to the areas identified in this needs assessment, Oklahoma developed a Comprehensive State Plan. It was this plan that served as a roadmap towards changing the way mental health and substance abuse services are delivered within our state.