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May 2, 2019
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Grant Application Opportunities

Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (ROTA). The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities.
SAMHSA plans to issue 11 grants of up to $550,000 per year for up to 2 years.
Application Due Date: Friday, June 7, 2019

Provider's Clinical Support System – Universities Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Provider's Clinical Support System – Universities (PCSS-Universities) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an Opioid Use Disorder seeking or receiving MAT, through ensuring the education and training of students in the medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner fields. This program's focus is to ensure students fulfill the training requirements needed to obtain a DATA waiver to prescribe MAT in office-based settings.
SAMHSA plans to issue 20 grants of up to $150,000 per year for up to 3 years.
Application Due Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 


Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment

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.
Application Due Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

National Evaluation of the Technology Transfer Center Program

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.
Application Due Date: Friday, May 17, 2019


SAMHSA National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work

Monday, May 6, 2019
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child's mental health, and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development. The theme this year is "Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work." SAMHSA is proud to partner with other federal agencies, states, communities, tribes, territories, and health care systems to spearhead the federal government's efforts to address suicide. Read the latest SAMHSA blog post on suicide prevention strategies that work.
To attend the event virtually, tune in to the LIVE webcast —and join the conversation using #HeroesofHope on Twitter and Facebook.

Mental Illness 101: A Practical Primer Series for Faith Communities

Part II Anxiety Disorders

Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 p.m. ET
With one in five people experiencing some form of mental illness each year, it comes as no surprise that faith communities are contending with this reality in their congregations and neighborhoods. The Health and Human Services Partnership Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is hosting a series of webinars aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging communities. Through this webinar, faith and community leaders will learn how to recognize the signs and types of anxiety―including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders―and then guide individuals to the proper level of care.

National Prevention Week

May 12 through May 18, 2019
SAMHSA's National Prevention Week will take place May 12 through 18, 2019. Communities and organizations across the country come together each year around this observance to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Suicide prevention will be the focus on May 17, when SAMHSA encourages individuals, communities, and organizations to participate in an NPW Facebook Live Day for Suicide Prevention by posting live videos on Facebook sharing suicide prevention messages, hotline numbers, and other resources with the hashtag #NPW2019.

Second National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

May 20, 2019  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging invite you to this event, which is designed to raise public awareness around the mental health of older Americans and spur actions to address their needs by promoting evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery supports. The event will be live webcast, and registration is required. 


The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act Expands Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

The SUPPORT Act allows qualified physicians who are board-certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry, or practitioners who provide MAT in a qualified practice setting, as defined in 42 C.F.R. Part 8, to start treating up to 100 patients in the first year of MAT practice with a waiver.  If you are a current practitioner with an approved waiver from SAMHSA which authorizes you to treat a maximum of 30 patients at one time, that patient limit may be increased to a maximum of 100 patients if you submit a notification of your intent to treat 100 patients to SAMHSA.

Guidance on Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics: Older Adults and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Community Settings

This brief is intended primarily for physicians and other prescribers as well as support staff, administrators, and caregivers working with people with dementia and intellectual and developmental disabilities in community settings. To reduce inappropriate prescribing, this brief reviews non-pharmacological behavioral approaches and strategies to avoid and reduce prescribing of antipsychotics whenever possible.

Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders

To better equip leaders of all faiths with life-saving skills to prevent suicide, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its Faith Communities Task Force, recently released the resource Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis. This new resource aims to provide faith leaders with feasible, practical, research-based actions they can adopt immediately to help save lives and restore hope in faith communities nationwide.

People with Serious Mental Illness: Disaster Response and Recovery

DTAC Bulletin April 18, 2019
People with serious mental illness (SMI) are more likely to face challenges such as chronic health conditions and poverty. This issue of the DTAC Bulletin contains resources that highlight the importance of including and accounting for people with SMI during response and recovery phases of a disaster.

Recent SAMHSA Blogs

Treating Opioid Use Disorder

By Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Shining a Light on Suicide Prevention Strategies

There has never been a better time to focus on suicide prevention in youth. SAMHSA's 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) showed that young adults ages 18 to 25 have the highest rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts of any age group.

Get "Active and Healthy" for Your Mental Health

Most people know that physical activity can reduce risk for chronic diseases, but fewer know that it is also important for mental health.

Living with Bipolar Disorder: How Family and Friends Can Help

Bipolar Disorder is a condition that includes episodes of disabling depression and periods of uncontrollable energy. Family and friends can make a big difference in helping their loved ones living with bipolar disorder by developing a better understanding and response to bipolar episodes.

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