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Date: July 1, 2003
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SAMHSA Releases Emergency Planning Grants to 35 States for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the release of nearly $3.5 million to help 35 state governments develop effective mental health and substance abuse response systems for use in response to both natural and man-made emergencies.

“These grants will help state governments prepare to meet these important needs before emergencies occur,” Secretary Thompson said.   “Disasters and other emergencies can leave deep scars and psychological trauma long after physical damage to buildings and other facilities have been repaired.  Should an emergency strike, these grants will help assure that resources for counseling, support, and recovery are in place.”

These funds will be integrated into other emergency program support to provide better, comprehensive responses to all foreseeable consequences of an emergency.  This “All Hazards” planning anticipates a comprehensive approach addressing elements of administration, leadership, continuity of operations, public information, and resource management to address specific needs in an emergency.

“SAMHSA intends to provide assistance before disaster strikes, so states can implement well designed mental health and substance abuse response plans,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie explained.  “This will allow mental health and substance abuse assistance to be integrated into state disaster relief plans, rather than come along later.”

State governments or specified organizations in the following states will each receive slightly under $100,000 each to assist in this effort: 

Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,  Nevada,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States. Information on SAMHSA's programs is available on this website,




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