Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG)

The MHBG is allocated from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide mental health treatment services to adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). Mercy Care receives funding as a pass through grant to ensure access to covered behavioral health services.

Funding targets the following populations:

  • Adults (18 and older) with a serious mental illness (SMI)
  • Children (17 and under) with a serious emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Individuals experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP)

Children’s Providers

  • A New Leaf
  • Arizona Youth and Family
  • Arizona’s Children Association
  • Black Family and Children Services
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Child and Family Support Services
  • Devereux Foundation
  • Ebony House
  • EMPACT La Frontera
  • Jewish Family and Children’s
  • Native American Connections
  • Open Hearts
  • Rio Salado Behavioral Health
  • Southwest Behavioral Health
  • Southwest Network
  • Terros Health
  • Touchstone Behavioral Health
  • Valle del Sol
  • MIHS First Episode Clinic
  • EpiCenter
  • PSA Behavioral Health
  • Community Connections
  • New Hope of AZ

Adult Providers – NTXIX SMI

  • Terros Health
  • Southwest Behavioral and Health Services

Adult Providers – NTXIX SMI Counseling  

  • Terros Health
  • Southwest Behavioral and Health Services
  • La Frontera EMPACT
  • Lifewell
  • Marc Community Resources
  • PSA Behavioral Health

Adult Providers – ACT NTXIX SMI Counseling

  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Community Bridges
  • La Frontera EMPACT
  • Lifewell
  • Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Partners in Recovery
  • Southwest Network
  • Terros Health

First Episode Psychosis (FEP)

First Episode Pyschosis refers to a person experiencing psychosis for the first time. Psychosis can differ from person to person. Some common symptoms include:

  • Having thoughts or belief that are unusual or bizarre
  • Hearing or seeing things that others around you don’t
  • Feelings of someone watching you or being watched
  • A change in personality
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Isolating yourself from others

If you or someone you know may be experiencing some or all of these symptoms, it's important to get help early.

Research indicates that early treatment can help to slow down or stop the symptoms of psychosis and improve recovery. 

You can call Mercy Care Member Services at 602-586-1841, toll free at 1-800-564-5465 or TTY/TDD: 711 to get connected to care. Representative are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

MIHS First Episode Center


950 E Van Buren St.
Avondale, AZ 85323

After Hours: 480-341-7073



PSA Epicenter

1415 N 1st St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004