Headlines: Up to $210 Million Available for Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants

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April 19, 2018
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SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $210 Million for Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) State Education Agency grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies to:
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth;
  • Connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues, and their families to needed services.

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $4.7 Million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access) grants totaling up to $4.7 million over the next five years. SAMHSA will award funding to Federally Qualified Health Centers, Opioid Treatment Programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to expand access to Food and Drug Administration approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. 

HHS Provides States Second Installment of Grant Awards to Combat Opioid Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the second year of funding to 57 states and territories totaling $485 million to continue the Nation's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. This is the second wave of grant funding under a program that has facilitated states' innovative care-delivery models to help provide proven evidence-based treatments to Americans who have opioid use disorders.


Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA has launched an Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center that aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.The Resource Center contains a collection of science-based resources, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, and clinical practice guidelines, for a broad range of audiences.

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts

SAMHSA has released an updated fact sheet, Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts, specifically written for preteens and teens. This fact sheet compares common myths about alcohol use with the facts.

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances

This 2016 report provides an overview of data from the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances program. It presents findings that indicate that systems of care provide services and promote positive outcomes for underserved children and youth within the mental health system.


The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services Webcast Series

April 26, 2018 | 2–3 PM Eastern Time

SAMHSA, together with Massachusetts General Hospital's Recovery Research Institute, is offering a webcast series. The four-part series educates health care professionals about the importance of using approaches that are free of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors in treating individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions. The webinar on April 26 will discuss why addiction is a disease and why it is important.

Virtual Event: Supporting Students with Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder

April 26, 2018 | 2–3 PM Eastern Time 

SAMHSA╩╣s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy invites you to join national leaders in a conversation about treatment and recovery supports for these underrepresented student populations. The discussion will highlight opportunities for colleges and communities to provide recovery support services to help students at risk of developing, or experiencing, a serious mental illness or substance use disorder.

Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices Spring 2018 Series

May 2, 2018 | 1–2 PM Eastern Time 

The upcoming webinar in this series will consider how Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) tools for crisis and pre-crisis planning can promote engagement and positive relationships between individuals and service providers. The final webinar in the series on May 23, 2018 will discuss social media and other technology as emerging tools for outreach and engagement in behavioral healthcare.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 10, 2018

This year's event, Awareness Day 2018: Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma, will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, May 10, at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and will be webcast live through a "virtual" town hall format in which participants throughout the country may ask questions for experts through email or social media. Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #HerosofHope when participating in the discussion on social media. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II will present governors' spouses with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for their work in promoting trauma-informed care.