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SAMHSA Awards $14.7 Million in Grants for the Residential Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW) with Substance Abuse Problems
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding $14.7 million over three years in grants to support residential treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) in need of services for substance use disorders.
“These grants will help communities better deliver services to pregnant and postpartum women who may be at risk during a particularly critical point in their lives and in the lives of their families,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. “If we can provide them with help during this time, we can greatly enhance their prospects for long term recovery and well being as well as offer their children a brighter future.”
The purpose of these grants is to bolster family services for pregnant and postpartum women (period after child birth) by providing high quality residential treatment, recovery support and family services for those who suffer from alcohol and other drug problems and their minor children who are affected by their mother’s substance use and abuse.
The grants will help expand the national substance abuse treatment infrastructure that serves these women, and their children, and encourages inclusions of the children’s fathers, the women’s partners, and other extended family members. For example, the PPW program should increase safe and healthy pregnancies, improve birth outcomes, and improve the mental and physical health of the women and children.
As part of these strengthened programs, substance abuse treatment providers and organizations should partner with others in the public and private sectors including agencies or organizations such as local public housing authorities, child welfare, health, mental health, family court, criminal justice, employment, education programs, and other child-serving agencies. The annual award amount per grantee is up to $500,000 per year for up to three years. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, and grantee progress in meeting the goals and objectives of the project.
The 11 grant recipients are:
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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