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



Louisiana Awarded $3.4 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 Louisiana governor’s office will receive $3.4 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 Louisiana grant will provide $1.1 in the first year, $1,095,298 in the second year, $1,051,050 in the third year, 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 Louisiana 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.”

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

The Louisiana grant will allow the state to implement its Louisiana Integrated Treatment Services Model for serving persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders.  This model was developed through two SAMHSA Community Action Grants, and successfully piloted in one region of the state.  Louisiana will use this grant to implement the model in the state’s remaining regions.  The grant will also enable Louisiana to develop a statewide infrastructure to support and sustain the integrated treatment model. 

Louisiana intends to develop cross agency screening and assessment tools; integrated management information and program evaluation systems; funding structures that include Medicaid funds for substance abuse services; and professional licensing standards that support integrated treatment.  The state expects to develop partnerships with consumer and community-based mental health and substance abuse organizations at both the state and local levels. 


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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