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SAMHSA Awards $10 Million in Grants for Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery with Priority to Veterans
Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award of six grants totaling more than $10 million over five years to support local and statewide expansion of jail diversion programs for people with post traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders. A priority for this program is to provide needed services to veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan. Grantee states will implement a diversion program in a pilot community and expand successful programs to other communities in the state.
“Every year, thousands of service members depart from the military and rejoin their families and civilian communities. As a nation, we must understand that our veterans – while heroes in every sense of the word – are people first, people who sometimes need help,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. “Through these new grants we can help put more services in place and be ready for those in need when they return home.”
The programs selected for these grants can receive up to $394,000 each year, over the course of five years. Continuation awards are subject to availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees. The program will be administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.
Grants were awarded to:
Office of the Governor, Florida -- $268,849 for the first year. Florida’s Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery project will serve an estimated 240 persons. The project will focus on diverting individuals at initial contact with law enforcement. The program will ultimately roll out a training program on coaching and supervision of staff for trauma screening, treatment and recovery services.
Office of the Governor, New Mexico -- $393,741 for the first year. This grant will serve adults with a history of trauma and prioritize veterans by implementing the Seeking Safety model of trauma treatment and recovery. This program anticipates serving 200 persons per year.
Office of the Governor, North Carolina -- $303,390 for the first year. The program will be piloted in Mecklenburg County in Charlotte and divert an anticipated 1089 veterans to community-based services to include trauma informed mental health and substance abuse treatment, case management, employment services and veteran specific peer support services.
Office of the Governor, Ohio -- $394,000 for the first year. The Project VETS Intervention Program will include prevention, diversion, recovery and support for military personnel and their families. The program anticipates serving 350 veterans.
Office of the Governor, Rhode Island -- $312,081 for the first year. This grant will provide training in trauma informed care and provide services to more than 645 persons over five years using the Trauma Addiction, Mental Health and Recovery approach to delivering treatment and recovery support services.
Office of the Governor, Texas -- $394,000 for the first year. This grant will pilot a jail diversion and trauma recovery program using the Seeking Safety model of trauma treatment and estimates serving and providing treatment to 180 persons per year.
For further information about these grants and other SAMHSA programs, visit http://www.samhsa.gov.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.
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