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SAMHSA News Release

Date: 10/23/2013 9:15 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA awards up to $56.9 million in grants over four years in FY 13 to support safe schools and healthy students


Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it awarded up to $56.9 million in grants over four years to states across the nation for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program.  This round of grants will run from FY 2013 through FY 2016 and will support state and community partnerships to create safe and supportive schools and communities by building partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice systems.   

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Program develops and implements evidence-based programs, effective policies, and innovative strategies that address youth violence and promote the wellness of children, youth, and families.  These grants will support work to increase the number of children and youth who have access to behavioral health services; decrease the number of students who abuse substances; increase supports for early childhood development; improve school climates; and reduce the number of students who are exposed to violence.


“With this investment, SAMHSA is continuing its commitment to safe and secure schools where children can focus on learning and develop their full potential,” said Pamela Hyde, SAMHSA Administrator. “Safe, nurturing school environments can help children achieve academic success, healthy emotional development, and fulfilled lives as adults.” 

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a new $130 million initiative in FY 2014 to make it easier for young people, adults, and families dealing with mental health problems to seek help and support. This initiative includes $40 million to enable more states to build on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program by helping teachers recognize early signs of mental illness in students and improving referrals and access to mental health services.

In terms of the FY 2013 Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Program, SAMHSA plans to award seven grants of up to $2,035,014 each annually over the course of four years.  Actual awards amounts are subject to the availability of funds.


The following are the grantees and their annual amounts:


Grantee                                                                                                           Amount                           

State of Connecticut                                     Hartford, Conn.                      $2,035,014


Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction            Madison, Wis.                       $2,035,014     


New Hampshire Dept. of Education              Concord, N.H.                      $2,026,640


State of Nevada                                           Carson City, Nev.                   $2,035,011     


Michigan Department of Education               Lansing, Mich.                        $2,035,014     


Ohio Department of Mental Health              Columbus, Ohio                      $2,035,014


Pennsylvania Department of Public

Works, Office of Mental Health and

Substance Abuse                                         Harrisburg, Pa.                      $2,035,014                 

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: 10/24/2013 5:12 PM

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