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SAMHSA Awards $25.9 Million in Grants for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Programs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $25.9 million over the next four years for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Programs (PBHCI) to address the needs of people with serious mental illnesses (SMI).
“Physical health problems among people with serious mental illnesses impact their quality of life and contribute to disproportionate premature deaths,” said Acting Administrator, Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. “These community programs will help address disparities in treatment by providing more people in need with better access to screening, and care management – including wellness programs encouraging more physical activity (exercise), better nutrition, smoking cessation, and help with medications.”
These programs are aimed at improving the physical health of people with SMI by supporting communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded community mental health and other community-based behavioral health settings. By building the necessary partnerships and infrastructure to support this goal, the expected outcome is for grantees to enter into partnerships to develop or expand their offering of primary healthcare services for people with SMI, resulting in improved health status.
Thirteen community programs across the country have been selected to receive funding for up to four years with an award amount per grantee of $500,000 annually. The actual award amounts are subject to the availability of funding as well as the progress achieved by the grantees. The funds are awarded and administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).
Grantees First year award
For additional information about the grant or awardees and other SAMHSA programs, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/Grants
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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