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June 17, 2019
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Grant Application Opportunities

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Practitioner Data (Prac-Data) grant. The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive data and analysis on individuals who comprise the prevention and treatment fields to address mental and substance use disorders. The goal of the program is to provide valid data on the existing practitioners and usable information to SAMHSA on which to make policy and planning decisions.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 grant of up to $1,000,000 for up to 3 years. 
Application Due Date: Monday, August 12, 2019


Expansion of Practitioner Education

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Expansion of Practitioner Training (Prac-Ed) grant. The purpose of this program is to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of relevant healthcare and health services education programs. By mainstreaming this education, the ultimate goal is to expand the number of practitioners to deliver high-quality, evidence-based SUD treatment.
SAMHSA plans to issue 10 grants of up to $250,000 per year for up to 2 years. 
Application Due Date: Friday, August 2, 2019

Tribal Opioid Response Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants. The program aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).
SAMHSA plans to issue 163 grants for up to 2 years. 
Application Due Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – New

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and SAMHSA are accepting applications for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. The DFC Support Program has two goals: 1) Establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth; and 2) Reduce substance abuse among youth, and over time, among adults, by addressing factors in a community that increase risk and promoting factors that minimize risk of substance abuse.
SAMHSA plans to issue 150 grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years.
Application Due Date: Monday, July 8, 2019

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – Competing Continuation

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and SAMHSA are accepting applications for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have previously received a DFC grant but experienced a lapse in funding or have concluded the first five-year funding cycle and are applying for a second five-year funding cycle.
SAMHSA plans to issue 150 grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years.
Application Due Date: Monday, July 8, 2019



Participate in SAMHSA-funded Technical Assistance (TA) webinars presented on the website of the University Of Maryland, School of Social Work TA Network Learning Community. Upcoming webinars are listed below and more appear on the webinar page.

Strategies for Preventing Custody Relinquishment for Mental Health Services

Webinar, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
This webinar will focus the issue of parents relinquishing custody of their children solely to obtain mental health services that they could not access otherwise. The information is based on a recently completed project to obtain up-to-date information across states to inform efforts by mental health and child welfare agencies to eliminate custody relinquishment for treatment.

Addressing Trauma in Children of Incarcerated Parents within Urban Communities

Webinar, Thursday, June 20, 2019 01:30 pm - 03:00 pm EDT
This webinar addresses the epidemiology of children of incarcerated parents nationally, and ways that parental incarceration impacts children, youth and their families. The webinar describes trauma-informed interventions, policies, structures and processes to reduce trauma in children of incarcerated parents within systems.

Leading the Way: Maximizing the Power of Youth and Young Adult Leadership in Communities Talk 

Webinar, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Join SAMHSA and a panel of young people on June 25 to learn how to engage youth in Communities Talk events. Given that youth and young adults face many challenges that are unique to their age group, their meaningful involvement in underage drinking prevention efforts can be a powerful means for driving behavior change among their peers. Involving youth and young adults in hosting a Communities Talk event allows them to take on the roles of leaders and decision-makers in framing the discussion content, selecting guest speakers, fostering partnerships, and developing materials.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Compelling Tool to Support Crisis Care 

Webinar, Friday, June 28, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Learn about Psychiatric Advance Directives, legal documents that permit persons with mental illnesses to declare their preferences, instructions, and consent for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision-maker in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. Twenty-seven states have enacted statutes supporting these directives since the 1990's and implementation of these laws is a federal requirement for mental health facilities and clinics receiving federal funding.


Learn About Marijuana Risks

SAMHSA offers information about the risks of marijuana on a new webpage. In addition to information about the impact of marijuana on brain health, mental health, athletic performance, and driving, the webpage includes three videos— Build a Brain; Marijuana Use While Pregnant or Breastfeeding; and Virtual Assistant. The webpage also offers a Marijuana IQ Quiz.

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