SAMHSA provides up to $649 million for programs addressing children’s mental health and substance use

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be awarding up to $649 million in funding over several years for programs providing crucial prevention and treatment services addressing the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. These programs address a wide range of behavioral health issues affecting young people and families including, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, HIV-AIDS prevention, and serious emotional disturbance.

The programs address behavioral health needs stemming from a wide variety of circumstances including trauma and inadequate access to proper health care or other support systems.

One of the programs, Project AWARE, was developed as part of the Obama Administration’s “Now is the Time” initiative to expand and improve behavioral health services to children and youth – including youth who may be experiencing serious mental illness. SAMHSA’s youth mental and substance use disorder prevention programs work to ensure that children and youth in need of behavioral health services receive help as early as possible.

“These SAMHSA grant programs are essential investments in the behavioral health of our young people and our future,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Kana Enomoto. “We must do everything we can through prevention and treatment efforts to ensure that our children are free from mental and substance use disorders, and given every opportunity to live happy, productive lives.”

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

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

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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: 10/02/2015