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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 


Promoting Mental Health Recovery: New Funding Supports Behavioral Health Provider Associations

As part of the Agency’s new Recovery to Practice project, SAMHSA recently approved awards to five national behavioral health care provider associations. The goal of the awards is to hasten awareness, acceptance, and adoption of recovery-based practices in the delivery of mental health services.

The Recovery to Practice project supports the Agency’s strategic initiative to enhance the Nation’s behavioral health workforce. “Through this new initiative, we are retooling the behavioral health workforce by applying the principles of recovery to direct care practice,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

National Consensus Stetement on Mental Health Recovery logo

These five awards represent a major new outreach by SAMHSA to engage key behavioral health professional groups directly in the Agency’s ongoing efforts to improve behavioral health care services nationwide.

Funding for the next 5 years goes to the following organizations to develop recovery-oriented educational materials and train thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and peer specialists:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Peer Specialists.

The Recovery to Practice effort includes materials development and professional training.

The project builds on SAMHSA’s National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery. The statement includes 10 fundamental components of mental health recovery, as well as the Agency’s ongoing work in the area of shared decision-making.

A team of leading behavioral health organizations and curriculum development experts are assisting with this effort. They include the Annapolis Coalition; Mental Health America; the National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.; and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.

Other Grant Awards

Homeless Individuals and Families Grants—4 new grants, each for up to $400,000 per year for up to 5 years, to local organizations working to prevent or reduce chronic homelessness in their communities. Totaling just under $8 million, these grants are in addition to $81.5 million in grants awarded under this program in September 2009.

This grant program is a key part in SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on homelessness. It is designed to provide essential mental health and substance use treatment services linked to permanent supportive housing targeted to chronically homeless individuals and families.

These resources serve to reduce the barriers that homeless persons with mental and substance use disorders and their families experience in accessing effective programs that sustain recovery and stable housing.

This program has a targeted focus to serve chronically homeless individuals and families by enhancing existing permanent supportive housing programs and other resources. The programs will provide intensive individualized support services designed to reduce psychiatric symptoms and substance use and empower people to regain stability.

The following is a list of the grant awardees and their first-year grant amounts:

  • Community Area Resource Enterprise/Gallup, NM – $400,000
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County/San Jose, CA – $399,991
  • Greenhope Housing Development Fund Corp./New York, NY – $398,985
  • Women Accepting Responsibility, Inc./Baltimore, MD – $400,000

For more on grants, visit SAMHSA’s grants page.

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

Three new campaigns bring powerful prevention messages to communities.

  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.

  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

The STOP program is making a difference. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

Nearly 1,800 communities across the Nation recently met to discuss underage drinking.

State Estimates on Underage Drinking

State by state, the numbers differ on children and alcohol use.

  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference. TIP 51 can help providers offer women effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007 on admission rates.

  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse?

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee.

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs?

  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

The Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series offers new KITs.

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.

  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.

  Media & Messages  
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.

  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.


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