Transformation Transfer Initiative

In a continued effort to assist states in transforming their mental health systems of care the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has created the Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI). The TTI provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards to States, the District of Columbia, and the Territories not currently participating in the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant* (T-SIG) program. To view the

These flexible TTI funds are to be used to identify, adopt, and strengthen transformation initiatives and activities that can be implemented in the State, either through a new initiative or expansion of one already underway, and should focus on one or multiple phases of system change. TTI recipients are chosen on the following criteria:

  • Transformation readiness, demonstrated by examples of transformation initiatives already underway using State funds, Block grant funds, other identified public or private resources;
  • Existing multi-agency collaboration on transformation initiatives;
  • Proposed initiatives rooted in systems change with the greatest quality impact;
  • Identification of other state resources and infrastructure which may leverage the TTI award funds for the proposed initiative; and
  • Realistic timeframes, concrete activities, and measurable outcomes for the proposed initiative.

In FY 2008-2009, CMHS awarded TTI grants, all in the amount of $221,000 to the following eleven states: 

  • Colorado - planning and implementation process for this transformation that includes the Behavioral Health Cabinet (Corrections, Medicaid, Human Services, Employment, Local Affairs, Public Health, and Public Safety),
  • Georgia - Integrating whole health concepts into Georgia’s Peer workforce 
  •  Louisiana - Provide training, through the Early Childhood Supports and Services (ECSS) program, for public and private sector clinicians in specific EBPs in order to achieve improved clinical and functional outcomes in preschool children (birth through five years)
  •  Michigan - Integration of physical and mental health care in selected Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs)
  •  Nebraska - Statewide Peer Support Training  
  •  New Jersey - Creation of and training of Peer Specialist Wellness Coaches
  • New York - "Recovery Centers” focused on consumer/family education, peer support and assistance with treatment planning
  • South Dakota - Strengthening rural MH transformation through the expansion of an existing System of Care Pilot Project by implementing Wraparound training in two regions of South Dakota that are actively working toward the creation of an integrated services system for children and their families
  • West Virginia - Integration of physical and mental health at CMHCs and rural primary health care clinics
  • Wisconsin - Integration of trauma informed care into the state system via Trauma Care Champions    
  • Wyoming - Developing a statewide housing network across Wyoming’s five regions designed to build a regional provider system for consumers and bolstering that effort with statewide SOAR training.

Summaries of FY 2008-2009 Outcomes can be found here.


In FY 2007-2008, CMHS awarded TTI grants, all in the amount of $105,000 to the following ten states and one territory: 

  • Kentucky - Peer Support Initiative with State Medicaid Office
  • Minnesota - Developing a valid and reliable fidelity scale for their 4 statewide EBP: ACT, Supportive Employment, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, and Illness Management and Recovery
  • Tennessee - Transforming their juvenile forensic mental health services by providing courts with alternatives through a program of outpatient screening and forensic evaluation
  • Pennsylvania - Older Adult Peer Support Services Initiative
  • Puerto Rico - Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
  • North Dakota - Peer Support Training and collaboration with State Medicaid Office in a statewide peer support initiative
  • Illinois - Create a co-occurring strategic plan and develop a criminal justice workgroup with regional sessions to develop regional system mapping to identify service gaps and barriers
  • Florida - Development of Recovery and Resiliency Task Forces in Florida’s six regions
  • Alabama - Coordination of public mental health and primary care through one large Adult Psychiatric Conference, followed by regional roundtable discussions between family practice physicians and mental health clinicians to develop a plan of action
  • North Carolina - Training and support to the Local Management Entities (LMEs) to learn from each other and foster EBPs
  • Iowa - Development of emergency mental health crisis services through Iowa’s CMHCs and improve their children’s mental health systems

Summaries of FY 2007-2008 projects are located here.