Policies and Regulations

As a SAMHSA grantee, you must be aware of and comply with certain terms and conditions of the award, as well as related policies and regulations.

When you accept a grant or a cooperative agreement award from SAMHSA, you are responsible for being aware of and complying with the terms and conditions of the award, as well as the following federal policies and regulations that relate to the award:

Note: On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court held that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex spouses/marriages, was unconstitutional.  As a result of that decision, SAMHSA is no longer prohibited from recognizing same sex marriages.  Consistent with HHS policy and the purposes of SAMHSA programs, same-sex spouses/marriages are to be recognized in the following programs: Residential Treatment Programs for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, certain Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs of Regional and National Significance, Youth Suicide Early Intervention and Prevention Programs, Children’s Mental Health Initiative and the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Mental Illness (PAIMI) program.  This means that, as a recipient of SAMHSA funding for any of these programs, you are required to treat as valid the marriages of same-sex couples whose marriage was legal when entered into.  This applies regardless of whether the couple now lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.  Any same-sex marriage legally entered into in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or a foreign country will be recognized.  However, this does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or similar formal relationships recognized under state law as something other than a marriage.  Although this requirement will be incorporated in the terms and conditions of future SAMHSA awards, SAMHSA strongly encourages grantees to begin implementation of this requirement immediately.  If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the SAMHSA project officer.

Last Updated: 10/23/2014