Why Do You Need a Mental Health Strategic Plan?

Why Do You Need a Mental Health Strategic Plan?

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As an Early Head Start/Head Start program director, one of your jobs no doubt includes facilitating a strategic plan for your program. But, does your program’s strategic plan include a section dedicated to planning that is specific to implementing a mental health vision (sample vision)? Having a program-wide vision and a specific strategic plan that outlines goals, objectives, and strategies for ensuring effective, high quality mental health services is one of the keys to having an effective program. A strategic plan is more than a document, it is a process of:

  • Analysis – identifying program strengths and weaknesses;
  • Goal-setting – determining what changes you would like to see in your program;
  • Action planning – planning specific activities to accomplish your goals; and
  • Evaluation and review – determining whether you have met your goals, or whether new/different goals are needed.

In this module, you will learn how to go about developing and implementing a strategic plan that will be useful in supporting quality mental health services and consultation

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This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.