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Date: October 7, 2003
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Phone: 301-443-8956



Missouri Awarded $3.3 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 Missouri governor’s office will receive $3.3 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 Missouri grant will provide $814,124 in the first year, $931,722 in the second year, $1,007,834 in the third year, $494,193 in the fourth year, and $100,000 in the last year.

“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 Missouri 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.

This grant will allow Missouri to develop infrastructure and services for clients with co-occurring disorders.  A steering committee appointed by the governor will oversee the project, which will include developing a standardized screening and assessment system; implementing evidence-based treatment practices; and training staff to operate the new systems at selected rural and urban sites that have contracts with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.


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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