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Date: October 7, 2003
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press
Phone: 301-443-8956


Arkansas Awarded $3.5 Million Grant to Treat Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders

  Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced that the Arkansas governor’s office will receive $3.5 million over five years to increase the capacity of state treatment systems to provide effective, coordinated and integrated treatment services to persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.  These grants are part of the State Incentive Grant program in HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

SAMHSA is awarding seven of these new grants, designed to stimulate states to provide comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to persons who have at least one mental disorder as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder.  The Arkansas grant will provide $1.1 million in each of the first three years, and $100,000 in each of the last two years. 

“Individuals with co-occurring disorders should be the expectation, not the exception in the substance abuse treatment and mental health service systems,” Secretary Thompson said.  “This grant will help individuals in Arkansas obtain the coordinated treatment they need to recover and lead healthy lives.

“This program builds on SAMHSA’s Report to Congress on Prevention and Treatment of Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Disorders,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said.  “That report acknowledged that too often individuals are treated for only one of the two disorders, if they receive treatment at all.  These grants are part of SAMHSA’s action plan to help states create a system for treating people for both disorders, so any door the individual walks through for medical care will be the door to comprehensive treatment.”

The Arkansas grant will allow the state to meet the needs of Arkansans dually diagnosed with substance abuse and mental illness.  The State of Arkansas, under the leadership of the Governor and his staff, will institute standardized universal screening and assessment as a first step in its attempt to integrate the presently divided systems of substance abuse and mental health care. SAMHSA funding will also be used to train caregivers from both systems to better recognize co-occurring disorders, and create treatment plans

Nationwide, almost 4 million Americans have co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse problems, according to SAMHSA’s latest Household Survey.


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The agency is responsible for accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.



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