The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing that the budget request is $3.6 billion for the agency in FY 2015. “The FY 2015 budget request reflects the President’s continued investment in protecting the health and emotional well-being of the nation,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “The proposed budget offers additional resources for important efforts like the President’s Now is the Time initiative and maintains the increases in essential funding for SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, and Mental Health Block Grants.” It also maintains the same percent of funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs (68 percent) and mental health programs (32 percent) as SAMHSA’s FY 2014 budget.
The Now is the Time initiative is designed to promote mental health, prevent violence, improve mental health literacy, identify mental illness early, create a clear pathway to treatment for those in need, and expand the behavioral health workforce. The requested budget asks for $130 million for the Initiative -- an increase of $15 million from FY 2014.
Under the FY 2015 budget request SAMHSA’s block grants will continue to be the mainstay of SAMHSA’s efforts to promote evidence-based behavioral health treatment and prevention programs to communities across the country. A request of $1.8 billion in funding is being made in the FY 2015 budget request for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, and $484 million for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.
In addition to these main components, the FY 2015 budget request contains other notable features:
- A request for $56 million for workforce programs to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals to serve in communities across the nation.
- An alignment of $24 million in existing resources to create an HIV Continuum of Care effort to strengthen SAMHSA’s Minority AIDS Initiative.
- A request for $20 million to support a new Primary Care and Addiction Services Integration. This program will enable addiction treatment providers to offer a full array of both physical health and substance abuse treatment services to clients.
- A request for $10 million for enhancing, implementing and evaluating strategies to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse, and to improve collaboration on the risks of overprescribing and the use of monitoring systems between states’ public health and behavioral health authorities, and pharmaceutical and medical communities.
SAMHSA will be sponsoring a teleconference at 2 pm ET on March 5, 2014 to provide more detailed information on the FY 2015 requested budget. The teleconference will feature SAMHSA Administrator Hyde along with other members of SAMHSA’s leadership.
Those interested in participating by phone can call in at: 888-942-8134, Passcode 5393584.
A live webcast of the event will be available at www.hhs.gov/live.
For further information about these or other SAMHSA programs go to: http://www.samhsa.gov/
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.