Evaluation of the Advancing Community-Driven Mental Health (ACDMH) Grant Program

Client: Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts Foundation (Collaborators: The Family Van, Partners in Health)
Topic Areas: Behavioral health and substance use; Grant-making programs
Service: Participatory Evaluation

ICH is evaluating the Advancing Community-Driven Mental Health (ACDMH) multi-year (2023-2025) grant program, funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, and implemented in partnership with Partners in Health and The Family Van. ACDMH will utilize a community-based, low-intensity intervention known as Problem Management Plus (PM+), originally developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). PM+ is designed for front-line staff to identify community members who are at risk of developing or are currently experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges and to support them in learning tools and skills to manage mental health stressors. The ACDMH program is providing grants and technical assistance (TA) to five community-based organizations in Massachusetts to build infrastructure and capacity to implement PM+, train staff, and adapt the intervention to their settings and populations of focus. During the ACDMH program’s planning year (Y1), ICH will  a) provide feedback on needs assessment tools and results,  b) design and analyze quarterly progress reports and c) conduct qualitative interviews with partner and funded organizations. The results from the evaluation will be shared with the partner organizations to support documentation of capacity- and infrastructure-building efforts, identification of opportunities for TA and supports, and development of systems for a robust process and outcomes evaluation during the program implementation years (Y2 & Y3).