SAMHSA is accepting applications for Transforming Lives through Supported Employment grants (Supported Employment Program). The purpose of the program is to support state and community efforts to refine, implement, and sustain evidence-based supported employment programs and mutually compatible and supportive evidence-based practices (e.g., supported education) for transition-aged youth/young adults (ages 16-25) with serious emotional disturbance, and adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
SAMHSA plans to issue 7 grants of up to $800,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Evaluation of the Technology Transfer Center Program grant (TTC Eval). In 2018, SAMHSA reconfigured its approach to training and technical assistance by establishing a national network of regional technology transfer centers for substance abuse prevention and mental health services, in addition to the existing centers for addiction technology transfer. The purpose of the National Evaluation is to gauge the extent to which this effort has been effective.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of up to $750,000 per year for up to 2 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (FR-CARA) Grants. Recipients will train and provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and local governmental levels on carrying and administering a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will also establish processes; protocols; mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities; and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs.
SAMHSA plans to issue 45 grants of up to $800,000 per year for up to 4 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Minority AIDS Initiative: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS (MAI – High Risk Populations) grants. The purpose of this program is to increase engagement in the care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are at risk for HIV or are HIV positive receiving HIV services/treatment.
SAMHSA plans to issue 24 grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to 5 years.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through its State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The awards to states and territories are part of HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy and the Trump administration's tireless drive to combat the opioid crisis. Together with the $933 million in second-year, continuation awards to be provided under this program later this year, the total amount of SOR grants to states and territories this year will total more than $1.4 billion. The SOR grants, administered by SAMHSA, will expand access to treatment that works, especially to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with appropriate social supports.
The opioid epidemic has significantly penetrated the criminal justice (CJ) system. This brief provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based MAT in CJ settings. By including the CJ system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to, and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. In this brief, states are provided an overview of the issue, the challenges to incorporating MAT, key considerations for establishing MAT in CJ settings, and existing standards/guidelines.
SAMHSA recently released a new guide, Principles of Community-Based Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice Involved Individuals: A Research-Based Guide (Principles).The Principles provide a foundation for realizing a quality, community-based behavioral health treatment system that is responsive to all individuals with mental and substance use disorders. The Principles guide is composed of eight guiding principles, frequently asked questions, resources for further reading, and a glossary of terms for behavioral health providers and criminal justice professionals.
Note: SAMHSA will hold a webinar to review the Principles. See details in the Events section.
The safe and effective use of antipsychotic medications for children and adolescents in the United States is a critical issue in mental and substance use treatment. To address this issue, SAMHSA partnered with national experts to develop this guidance. The document provides a "bird's eye view" of systems-level strategies to inform public and private sector decision‐makers, prescribing clinicians, and other key stakeholders in designing and implementing antipsychotic monitoring programs to improve outcomes for youth with mental disorders across the nation.
The webinar will provide information on how to submit applications to SAMHSA using NIH's eRA System, including application and registration processes, requirements and validations, and the post-submission process.
Research suggests that substance use, especially opioid misuse, is a growing public health issue among the nation's older adults. This webinar will feature a discussion by experts from the opioid misuse health literacy, older adults and health care provider communities regarding effective prevention strategies and approaches for improving understanding, and dialogue between older patients and their health care providers about opioid use.
The webinar will review the Principles, walk community-based providers and criminal justice professionals through the guiding principles, answer frequently asked questions, and offer supplemental resources.
For persons with an opioid use disorder who are in the criminal justice system, the process of transitioning from jail or prison back to the community can be overwhelming. As we observe March as National Criminal Justice Month, I'd like to call attention to SAMHSA resources and grant programs that are tackling this issue head-on.
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