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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Made Progress But Needs More Narrow Focus, Report No. 06-21, March 2006
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  • During its second year of operation, the corporation has improved its outreach to state agencies and has more fully addressed its statutory responsibilities. However, the corporation continues to focus its policy recommendations only on the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and needs to address all agencies in the substance abuse and mental heath systems.
  • To date, the corporation’s work has not had a substantive impact on state mental health and substance abuse system outcomes, with the exception of improving data collection and analysis between DCF and AHCA.  However, the corporation can play a needed role for the state by providing independent analyses of the state’s substance abuse and mental health systems; accordingly, the corporation should be given more time and be continued beyond its October 2006 sunset date. 
  • To improve the corporation’s effectiveness, the Legislature should consider narrowing the corporation’s focus to improving interagency coordination with a specific set of goals for it to achieve.  The corporation should facilitate meetings among agencies involved in the substance abuse and mental health systems to solve interagency coordination issues.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-17 Incompetent to Proceed Adjudications Increasing, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 06-12 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Produced Benefits, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-17 OPPAGA Report: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Has Not Addressed Its Responsibilities Fully, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.

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