SAMHSA awards funds to enhance transformation: Ten states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico have received Transformation Transfer Initiative program funding awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The states selected are Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Each of the ten states and Puerto Rico will receive an award of up to $105,000 for one year. The Transformation Transfer Initiative supports new and expanded efforts to improve the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems that foster recovery and meet the multiple needs of consumers. The initiative's pilot programs will implement several innovative approaches, including comprehensive peer support services for adults with serious mental illness and youths with serious emotional disturbances and enhanced juvenile forensic mental health services that allow judges to order involuntary examinations of youths in outpatient settings, such as community mental health centers, rather than in traditional inpatient settings, such as psychiatric wards. "The Transformation Transfer Initiative will build a wealth of experience in the steps it takes to improve mental health services for consumers and their families," said SAMHSA Administrator, Terry Cline, Ph.D. "The knowledge gained through these individual awards will be shared with other states and territories working to provide more coordinated and effective care."