GAO Report: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On February 11, 2015 (EST)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Report No, GAO-15-113: Mental Health - HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness in December 2014. GAO identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. Thirty of the 112 programs were identified by the agencies as specifically targeting individuals with serious mental illness. Four agencies—DOD, HHS, DOJ, and VA—reported that they obligated about $5.7 billion for programs that specifically targeted individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013.

HHS is charged with leading the federal government’s public health efforts related to mental health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is required to promote coordination of programs relating to mental illness throughout the federal government. While coordination at the program level is important, it does not take the place of, or achieve the level of, leadership that GAO has previously found to be key to successful coordination and that is essential to identifying whether there are gaps in services and if agencies have the necessary information to assess the reach and effectiveness of their programs.

To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20150205GAOReport.pdf



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