SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (System of Care [SOC] Expansion and Sustainability Grants). The purpose of this program is to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with serious emotional disturbances (SED), and their families. This program will support the implementation, expansion, and integration of the SOC approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (also known as the Children's Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).
SAMHSA plans to issue up to 15 awards of up to $3,000,000 per year for up to 4 years.
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Implicit bias can occur instantly and involuntarily with certain groups of people. This workshop challenges behavioral health staff to examine their implicit biases that can influence service engagement, case decisions, actions, attitudes, and behaviors towards those we serve. We will assess our implicit biases and learn strategies to limit and manage them in the behavioral health setting.
SAMHSA has released the "Executive Order Saving Lives through Increased Support for Mental and Behavioral Health Needs Report," which outlines a plan to address the mental and behavioral health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that is anticipated to continue worsening and have a long-term impact on the entire population. The report also makes recommendations from federal agencies to address these important issues.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grants. The purpose of this program is to:
Train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED)
Establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services
Train emergency services personnel, law enforcement, fire department personnel, veterans, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques
Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder.
It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to respond appropriately and safely to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 141 awards of up to $125,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention grant program. The purpose of this program is to develop a comprehensive, collaborative, well-coordinated, and evidence-based approach to:
Enhance mental health services for all college students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness(SMI)/serious emotional disturbances (SED), and/or substance use disorders that can lead to school failure
Prevent mental and substance use disorders
Promote help-seeking behavior and reduce negative public attitudes
Improve the identification and treatment of at-risk college students so they can successfully complete their studies
It is expected that this program will reduce the adverse consequences of SMI/SED and substance use disorders, including suicidal behavior, substance-related injuries, and school failure.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 24 awards of up $102,000 per year for up to 3 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. Native Connections is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 28 awards of up to $250,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Youth and Family TREE). The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12–18) and transitional aged youth (ages 16–25) with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD), and their families/primary caregivers.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 17 awards of up to $545,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Disaster Distress Helpline. The purpose of this program is to: (1) manage, enhance, and strengthen the Lifeline that routes individuals in the United States to a network of certified crisis centers that link to local emergency, mental health, and social services resources; and (2) support the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) to assist residents in the United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress resulting from disasters and traumatic events.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 award of up to $23,001,010 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category I, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (National Center) cooperative agreement. The purpose of the National Center is to develop and maintain a collaborative network structure, support resource and policy development and dissemination, and coordinate the network’s national child trauma education and training efforts.
SAMHSA plans to issue 1 award of up to $8,000,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers (NCTSI-II). The purpose of the TSA Centers is to provide national expertise for specific types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems, and support the specialized adaptation of effective evidence-based treatment and service approaches for communities across the nation.
SAMHSA plans to issue up to 35 awards of up to $600,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category III, Community Treatment and Service (CTS) Centers (NCTSI - III). The purpose of this program is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services systems in communities for children and adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events throughout the nation.
SAMHSA plans to issue up to 70 awards of up to $400,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services.
SAMHSA plans to issue 8 awards of $1,000,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) program. The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction.
SAMHSA plans to issue 29 awards of $200,000 per year for up to 3 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) – State Education Agency (SEA) grants (AWARE-SEA). The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Education Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth, and with three local education agencies (LEAs) 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 to detect and respond to mental health issues
Connect school-aged youth who may have behavioral health issues, including serious emotional disturbance (SED) or serious mental illness (SMI), and their families, to needed services
SAMHSA plans to issue up to 34 awards of up to $1,800,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW-PLT). The purpose of the program is to enhance flexibility in the use of funds designed to: (1) support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorders; (2) help state substance abuse agencies address the continuum of care, including services provided to pregnant and postpartum women in nonresidential-based settings; and (3) promote a coordinated, effective, and efficient state system managed by state substance abuse agencies by encouraging new approaches and models of service delivery.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 4 awards of up to $900,000 per year for up to 3 years.
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 (MAT) using U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). In addition to focusing on OUD, recipients may also address stimulant misuse and use disorders, including cocaine and methamphetamine.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 150 awards for up to 2 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Expansion Grants (CCBHC Expansion Grants). The purpose of this program is to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental and substance use disorder treatment services through the expansion of CCBHCs. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered integrated services. The CCBHC Expansion grant program must provide access to services that include 24/7 crisis intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring mental and substance disorders (COD).
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 74 awards of up to $2,000,000 per year for up to 2 years.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (PDO). The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older by training first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders.
SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 13 awards of up to $850,000 per year for up to 5 years.
SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. These flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period. Continue to check for updated information and resources to assist grant recipients during the COVID-19 emergency.
These FAQs address general questions associated with award and management of SAMHSA discretionary grants that may arise in relation to COVID-19. This information does not apply to SABG, MHBG, PATH, or PAIMI grants. Applicants and grant recipients are strongly encouraged to continue to check for updated information and resources.
This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal "round table" conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.
The webinar will provide an overview of buprenorphine and its role in treating individuals living with substance use disorder. Policies affecting buprenorphine prescribing will then be reviewed, with an emphasis on the role of advanced practice providers in treating substance use disorder in rural areas and the buprenorphine prescribing policies that specifically impact their ability to prescribe. Barriers and facilitators to physician prescribing identified in the extant literature on buprenorphine prescribing will be briefly considered before the presenter shares barriers and facilitators to nurse practitioner prescribing.
Join On-the-Spot the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. ET for a 1-hour session with knowledgeable providers and subject matter expert(s) who will answer questions and lead discussions around a variety of topics related to successes and challenges of using videoconferencing to offer clinical/peer recovery services via digital technologies. Please join any time during the session to ask your questions and share your thoughts and experiences regarding the transition of services to the use of videoconferencing methods.
Behavioral health services exist along a continuum, from mental health promotion and substance use prevention to treatment through to recovery support. The behavioral health continuum of care framework is both an organizing principle and a way of identifying opportunities for collaboration across service providers. This webinar will examine this potential overlap and discuss opportunities for collaboration that may exist between prevention and recovery support services.
This is the first in a series of webinars focused on identifying healthy practices that individual providers can adopt and use to recognize stressors through a trauma-informed lens. In addition, a podcast will accompany each month’s topic to expand on educational opportunities. Podcasts will generally be available the week following each webinar. The other webinars in the series, which takes place live on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. ET, include – February 17: “Mindfulness Practice for Providers” March 17: “Mental Wellness vs. Mental Illness” April 21: “Impostor Syndrome: Am I good enough?” May 19: “Stigma, Shame and Self” June 16: “Diversity and Difference” July 21: Topic TBA August 11: Topic TBA
This is part of a series of monthly consultation calls focused on “Advanced Topics in Strengthening Youth/Young Adult Peer Support.” Each call will have its own topic, in such areas as skill building, supervision, coaching and training, organizational policies and procedures, hiring and onboarding, and more. This series is intended primarily for peer support specialists, their supervisors, and administrators charged with implementing youth/young adult peer support.
Families of persons with serious mental illness play an important role in the lives of their loved ones. In addition to being caring siblings, parents, or spouses, they often function as caregivers and can be an asset to any mental health team to ensure optimal benefit of treatment. A new workforce is emerging to support these families. Speakers will outline SAMHSA-published competencies in peer support and explore how persons with lived experience as a family member, friend or other caregiver of a person with a mental illness can support others in a similar situation, and discuss the training needs of this emerging workforce. This is a monthly webinar.
Data have shown that patients benefit from the social interaction, the universality and the instillation of hope that group psychotherapy offers. This webinar will give the clinician valuable information about conducting group psychotherapy and clinicians will be reminded of this effective, evidence-based practice, which may be under-considered for use in their practices.
These virtual sessions support Native communities in these challenging times. These weekly meetings will cover major concerns that have been expressed, share resources, and encourage the peer support that has been happening among those who participated. These meetings are designed to be supportive and helpful, and to connect participants with the resources they need. These groups meet monthly, every third Friday, including February 19, 2021; March 19, 2021; April 16, 2021; May 21, 2021; June 18, 2021; and July 16, 2021.
This is the third and final component in a series examining challenges specific populations experience in response to COVID-19 and other traumatic ordeals. A Community of Practice session will also be available to participants who would like to discuss clinical applications of the information provided during the initial webinar.
This 90-minute session on Understanding Neurodiversity among Youth will provide an opportunity for school mental health professionals and clinicians working with children and adolescents to develop a better understanding of the implications of neurodiversity (traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma) in a youth population.
This is Part 1 of the webinar series, Pregnant/Parenting Women and Substance Use. This presentation addresses the importance of recognizing a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in those with whom we work or live. The brain damage seen in FASD is examined, along with common behaviors that result from this damage. A method of identifying those with an FASD is identified and how to modify treatment is touched on.
This 1-hour webinar will review trends in substance use from the past year and look at possibilities for 2021. Using SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2020, this presentation will provide information on which drugs are increasing, which drugs might be decreasing, and discuss the effects of COVID-19 on treatment and prevention, as well as information on mental health issues for adolescents.
On the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of the U.S. Military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, attend a virtual film screening of the critically acclaimed film, “The Camouflage Closet,” which features the video narratives of nine LGBT veterans who discuss their experience with trauma, PTSD, suicide, and recovery. Following the screening, the film’s producer, Heliana Ramirez, Ph.D., LISW, will discuss LGBT veteran mental health and culturally responsive care and facilitate a Q&A with the audience.
This is a preliminary report on the Drug Abuse Warning Network (April 2019–October 2020). The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationwide public health surveillance system administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). DAWN captures data on Emergency Department visits related to recent substance use and misuse, such as alcohol use, illicit drug use, suicide attempts, and nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals.
The findings of this Report highlight the models used by the states addressing mental health, substance use, homelessness, and children's services that reduce police involvement. This document provides best practice examples of programs that decrease contact with law enforcement for persons with mental health problems, substance use issues, and/or who are experiencing homelessness.
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance misuse on America’s communities, ensuring that individuals with mental and substance use disorders have access to evidence-based, high-quality care. A major factor in achieving this goal is addressing the training and education needs of practitioners.
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