SAMHSA is providing up to $73 million to support people with mental and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing up to $73 million over three years for programs offering treatment services to people involved in the criminal justice system that have mental anvcmd/or substance use disorders.  This includes individuals who are incarcerated, on parole, probation or who have been accused of an offense.

Treatment services can help divert people with mental and/or substance use disorders from the criminal justice system and into more appropriate resources, like counseling and behavioral health service programs.  This approach fosters treatment and recovery for people with mental and/or substance use disorders, and helps them become productive members of their community.

These programs use behavioral health care systems provided by the criminal justice authorities and other community-based programs to help customize services to meet the specialized needs of various populations. 

“Providing needed behavioral healthcare for people with mental and/or substance use disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system benefits everyone,” said Acting SAMHSA Administrator Kana Enomoto. “Treatment and recovery services reduce unnecessary burdens on the criminal justice system, can help keep people with mental and/or substance use disorders out of the jail and prison system, and help ensure that people in the system can successfully transition back to the community.”

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Information on SAMHSA grants in available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants

For general information about SAMHSA please visit: http://www.samhsa.gov.

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 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: 09/24/2015