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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

Grant Awards Announced

Family-Centered Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents and Their Families―14 grants awards, up to $300,000 per year per grantee for up to 3 years. Totaling more than $12.2 million, the grants support family-centered substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents and their families. This program provides substance abuse treatment services to adolescents, older transition-age youth, their families, and other primary caregivers as a means of helping adolescents successfully transition back into their communities after completing treatment programs.

Grantees will implement evidence-based practices, specifically the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach coupled with Assertive Continuing Care, which are context specific focusing on the interaction between youth and their environments, family centered, and community based. Families/primary caregivers and other identified and appropriate adults are an integral part of the treatment process, and their inclusion increases the likelihood of successful treatment and reintegration of the adolescents and transition-age youth into their communities following formalized treatment.

SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment will administer the grants. Continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds. [TI-09-002]

Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) Medical Residency Program―6 cooperative agreement awards for up to $11 million over the next 5 years under the SBIRT Medical Residency Program. The primary purpose of these cooperative agreements is to develop and implement training programs that will teach medical residents how to provide evidence-based screening, brief intervention, brief treatment, or referral to specialty treatment for patients who either have, or are at risk for, a substance use disorder.

Another purpose of the program is to promote adoption and wider dissemination of SBIRT and its related practices in local and statewide medical communities. Studies have shown that by expanding the use of these programs to different medical treatment settings, more patients with underlying substance abuse problems might be helped.

The six selected awardees are expected to be funded up to 5 years, but continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment will administer the grants. [TI-08-001]

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Grants with Priority to Veterans―6 grants, totaling more than $10 million over 5 years, to support local and statewide expansion of jail diversion programs for people with post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders. A priority for this program is to provide needed services to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Grantee states will implement a diversion program in a pilot community and expand successful programs to other communities in the state.

The programs selected for these grants can receive up to $394,000 each year over the course of 5 years. Continuation awards are subject to availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer the program. [SM-09-004]

Prevention of Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS for At-Risk Traditionally Underserved Populations―5 new grant awards totaling up to $8.2 million for up to the next 5 years to community-based organizations providing integrated substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention services to at-risk, traditionally underserved populations.

Grantees will use SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, a prevention process based on a community’s needs, to build substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention capacity for traditionally underserved communities, including African American, Latino, and other populations residing in geographic areas with high rates of substance abuse and HIV prevalence.

The programs selected for these grants can receive up to $329,666 each year, for up to 5 years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and the progress achieved by the awardees. The grants are administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. [SP-08-001]

Campus Suicide Prevention Grants―22 grant awards, totaling $6.3 million over 3 years, each for up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years, to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to facilitate a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide. The Campus Suicide Prevention Grants Program will assist colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent suicide and enhance mental health services for students in crisis.

The grants will help fund such efforts as developing training programs for students and campus personnel, creating on-campus networks, developing and implementing educational seminars, preparing informational materials, preparing educational materials for families, and promoting linkages to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273- TALK) provides round-the-clock help for individuals with suicide-related problems.

Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and timely submission of required data and reports. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer the grants. [SM-09-001]

STOP Act Grants―23 grants totaling more than $4.4 million over 4 years for the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act program. The STOP Act program works to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States.

The selected awardees are expected to be funded up to $50,000 per year. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention will administer the grants. [SP-09-007]

Statewide Consumer Network Grants―12 grant awards totaling more than $2.5 million over 3 years to support consumer organizations in their work to improve mental health services for persons living with serious mental illnesses.

Grantees are encouraged to work in partnership with their states in mental health transformation activities to achieve common statewide consumer network goals, whether through their states’ Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants or other system reform initiatives.

Each grant recipient will receive approximately $70,000 per year for up to 3 years. Continuation of these awards is subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by the grantees. Total funding for year one is $839,747. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer this grant program. [SM-09-014]

Statewide Family Network Grants―6 grant awards totaling approximately $1.2 million over 3 years to state-based organizations focused on improving programs serving children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The six awards under the Statewide Family Network Program are funded up to $70,000 per year in total costs. Continuation of these awards is subject to the availability of funds as well as the progress achieved by the grantees. The grants are administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. [SM-09-016]


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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