In 2005, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded $92.5 million to seven states over five years for Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants (MHTSIG), including Texas. Texas is charged with building a solid foundation for delivering evidence-based mental health and related services, fostering recovery, improving quality of life, and meeting the multiple needs of mental health consumers across the life span.

Dr. Spence and the research team at the School of Social Work’s Addiction Research Institute are working with Texas Department of State Health Services to design, implement, and evaluate activities conducted under SAMHSA’s MHT funding for Texas.