Headlines: Up to $930 Million Available to Combat the Opioid Crisis

June 28, 2018
SAMHSA Headlines—Your one-stop source for the latest from SAMHSA.


Up to $930 Million Available to Combat the Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for $930 million to combat the opioid crisis through State Opioid Response Grants (Short Title: SOR). The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths. The application due date is August 13, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $50 million in Tribal Opioid Response Grants. The grants, which will go to tribes and tribal organizations, will fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in response to the opioid crisis. The grants will reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths. The application due date is August 20, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (ET).


Suicide Prevention and Support Resources

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you need to talk to someone. Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance misuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. SAMHSA offers additional suicide prevention information and resources.

Now Available: 2018 Recovery Month Toolkit and PSAs

Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

Publication Update: Toolkit to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

SAMHSA has published an update to its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which is designed to help healthcare providers, families and other community members prevent overdose deaths related to opioid use. The toolkit addresses several factors that can lead to an opioid overdose death. The toolkit also discusses when and how to use naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. People with opioid use disorders can weigh treatment options by visiting SAMHSA's treatment locator, https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.


Criminal Justice and Serious Mental Illness: Moving to Patient-Centered Care – Webinar

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 12:30–2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join SAMHSA for a Technical Assistance Coalition webinar with the National Council for Behavioral Health discussing the importance of patient-centered care for individuals with serious mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system. The webinar will highlight factors contributing to the current status of patient-centered care in the criminal justice system, gaps in the current systems of care, and ways to improve access to care for patients with serious mental and in the community.

Supporting Families Affected by Opioids and Other Substances – Webinar

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join SAMHSA to learn about how the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Center of Excellence can help home visitors and others who work with infants and young children support families affected by opioids and other substances.

Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: Peer Supports for Young Adults Living with Serious Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 2–3 p.m. Eastern Time
This interactive event will bring together national leaders to discuss developmentally and culturally relevant models of peer supports for young adults living with serious mental illness or substance use disorders. Presenters will discuss strategies for developing and sustaining peer supports for young adults in a variety of settings. To learn more about peer support and resources for youth and young adults before this event, explore the "Peer Support Resources"  and the "Youth and Young Adults" pages on the BRSS TACS website.