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SAMHSA News Release

Date: 4/29/2013 12:05 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $2.9 million for Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2013 Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion (Early Diversion) grants. The purpose of the program is to address the behavioral health needs of people involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the criminal justice system by providing an array of community-based diversion services designed to keep individuals with behavioral health issues out of the criminal justice system while also addressing issues of public safety.

This program is being jointly funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to allow grantees the flexibility to divert and deliver services to individuals with mental, substance use and co-occurring disorders. SAMHSA expects that up to three grants of up to $322,222 per year will be provided for up to three years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability funds

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are states, political subdivisions of states, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. 

HOW TO APPLY: A complete application package for RFA number SM-13-005 may be requested from SAMHSA at 1-877-SAMHSA7 [TDD: 1-800-487-4889]. You may also download the required documents at Your application must be submitted through Please refer to Appendix B of the grant announcement, “Guidance for Electronic Submission of Applications.”

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on May 31, 2013. 

Applicants with questions about program issues should contact:

Roxanne Castaneda at (240) 276-1917 or

Kenneth W. Robertson at (240) 276-1621 or

For questions on grants management issues contact:

Gwen Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or

Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last updated: 5/2/2013 8:40 AM

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