Subnational government entities benefit from federal funds to support programs and operations. There are a variety of factors that influence federal grant funds to recipients. This study seeks to identify the effects of multiple factors on federal grant allocation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to state entities. The literature suggests three categories of factors affecting federal funding distribution, including problem severity and need, recipient capacity, and political motivation. I conduct a regression analysis to test the effects of these factors, using a pooled cross-sectional time-series data set. The results indicate that political motivation has a significant influence on federal grant distribution, primarily through representation in the House of Representatives majority party. These results help to explain the disparity in federal grant distribution and the factors that influence funding.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Mental health policy--United States; Grants-in-aid; Federal aid to community mental health services

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Science, Technology and Public Policy (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Public Policy (CLA)


Qing Miao

Advisor/Committee Member

Kent Gardner

Advisor/Committee Member

Sandra Rothenberg


RIT – Main Campus

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