SAMHSA Press Releases

 Date: March 4, 2005
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press
Phone: 240-276-2130



$4.4 Million Available for Older Adults Mental Health Grant Program

  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the availability of FY 2005 funds for the Older Adult Mental Health Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) Grant Program to help communities provide direct services and build the necessary infrastructure to support and meet the diverse mental health needs of older persons.  Direct services to be funded under this grant program must be supported by a strong evidence base.

It is expected that approximately $4.4 million will be available to fund up to 11 awards to build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective mental health outreach, treatment, and prevention services, as well as resources to support the direct delivery of services to adults 60 years and older.  The annual award amount will be approximately $375,000 to $400,000 per year for up to three years.  The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.  The grants will be awarded by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.

WHO CAN APPLY:  Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities (State, local or tribal governments; public or private universities and colleges; community- and faith-based organizations; and tribal organizations may apply).  Applicants must comply with the requirement to address the target population of persons 60 years of age and older who are at risk for or are experiencing mental health problems.

HOW TO APPLY:  Application for No. SM-05-012 are available by calling SAMHSA’s clearinghouse at 1-800-729-6686, 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 Betsy McDonel Herr, at 240-276-1911 or e-mail to For questions on grants management issues, contact Kimberly Pendleton at 276-2401421 or e-mail to .


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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