Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Oversight

Oversight of the Block Grant and PAIMI Programs

In 2006, the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, contracted McFarland & Associates to manage the review and monitoring activities of both its Community Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) and Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) programs.  This 5-year contract consisted of four separate task orders for which McFarland provided management, logistical, and editorial support, as well as a pool of consultants who served as reviewers and monitors.
In support of this contract, McFarland trained its consultants, secured meeting space for the peer reviews, provided administrative and onsite support, prepared all correspondence for review participants and grantees being monitored, developed report writing guidelines, produced final reports, and processed invoices. 

Combined, the staff assigned to these four tasks have decades of work experience in project management, logistical and administrative support, and report writing and editing in support of Federal contracts.

McFarland’s pool of consultants is widely disbursed throughout the United States and Territories.  The mental health experts come from diverse backgrounds, offering different perspectives to each peer review and monitoring visit.  These experts include State mental health officials; community mental health providers; consumers, family members, and advocates of consumers; financial analysts; attorneys; and social workers.  Our consultants are trained to review grant applications and monitor programs for accordance with grant regulations, from both a programmatic and a financial perspective. 

If you would like more information regarding this contract, please call:

Sheila Lancaster-Graham
Project Director                              
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
Phone: (301) 589-0780
Fax: (301) 589-2567

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