SAMHSA Press Releases

 Date: March 1, 2005
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press
Phone: 240-276-2130



$18.8 Million Available for State Grants to Transform Mental Health 


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the availability of FY 2005 funds for cooperative agreements with states to support infrastructure and service delivery improvements that will help build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective mental health and related services.

“Transforming our nation’s mental health system requires us to expand how we look at public and personal health care,” SAMHSA administrator Charles Curie said.  “Everyone from public policymakers to consumers and family members must come to understand that mental health is a vital, integral part of overall health.  These grants will help change the way in which the mental health system provides effective treatment and ultimately how consumers and families recover.”

It is expected that approximately $18.8 million will be available to fund approximately 6-13 cooperative agreements to support an array of infrastructure and service delivery activities.  The average annual award amount will range from $1.5 million to $3 million per year for up to five years.  The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds. The cooperative agreements will be administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligibility is limited to the immediate office of the Chief Executive Officer in the States, Territories, the District of Columbia, and federally-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes or Tribal organizations. Eligibility is limited because recipients of the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants must have the ability to leverage and coordinate multiple sources of funding and other resources in order to achieve the goals of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications for No. SM 05-009 are available by calling SAMHSA’s clearinghouse at 1-800-789-2647, or by downloading the application from or from the SAMHSA web site. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line through a new service at


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions on program issues should contact Nancy Davis, Ed.D., at (240) 276-1866 or e-mail to .  For questions on grant management issues, contact Kimberly Pendleton at (240) 276-1421 or e-mail to . Information about pre-application technical assistance may be found at  Click on “MHT SIG” under “Mental Health SystemTransformation.”


SAMHSA, 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.




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