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

Grant Awards Announced

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers―26 grant awards totaling $30.9 million over the next 3 years will be provided through the CTS Centers, which is one of the three types of centers under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The overall goal of the initiative is to help communities meet the special needs of children at risk or suffering from traumatic stress.

The grants enable community treatment and service organizations to provide expanded evidence-based prevention, screening, and treatment services for children who may be more susceptible to mental health problems because they have been exposed to natural disasters, abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events.

Grantees are expected to implement and evaluate effective treatment and services in community settings and youth-serving service systems, and collaborate with other Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing, and training issues. Grantees will collaborate extensively within the NCTSN for these purposes and for developing child traumatic stress-related products and services for nationwide consumption and benefit.

Per-year awards for each of the 26 community programs are up to approximately $400,000 over the next 3 years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and the progress achieved by the awardees. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer the grants. [SM-09-017]

Offender Reentry Program―24 grant awards totaling more than $28.7 million for up to 3 years to provide substance abuse treatment and related recovery support services to juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration.

Organizations receiving funding under the Offender Reentry Program are expected to plan, develop, and provide a successful transition from incarceration to community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery support services for people in need, beginning in the correctional or juvenile facilities and before release.

The grants awarded under the Offender Reentry Program are projected to be funded up to $400,000 per year for 3 years. The actual award amounts are subject to the availability of funding as well as the progress achieved by the grantees. The grants will be administered by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. [TI-09-005]

State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants―Up to $26.2 million total for 18 grant awards of up to $500,000 per year per grantee for up to 3 years to assist state and tribal efforts to develop and enhance services to prevent suicide among young people.

The grants will help fund crucial suicide prevention efforts especially geared for youth including early intervention and assessment services, referrals to mental health care and treatment, and information and outreach campaigns. The grants also will help promote training for communities on the latest youth suicide prevention services and approaches, as well as provide support to families of youth who may be at risk for suicide.

Continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds and grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer the grants. [SM-09-003]

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Programs―13 grant awards of $500,000 per grantee annually for up to 4 years for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Programs to address the needs of people with serious mental illnesses (SMI).

These programs are aimed at improving the physical health of people with SMI by supporting communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded community mental health and other community-based behavioral health settings. By building the necessary partnerships and infrastructure to support this goal, the expected outcome is for grantees to enter into partnerships to develop or expand their offering of primary health care services for people with SMI, resulting in improved health status.

Total amount of funding over the next 4 years to community programs across the country is $25.9 million. The actual award amounts to grantees are subject to the availability of funding as well as the progress achieved by the grantees. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services administers these grants. [SM-09-011]

State and Community Partnership Grants for Healthy Transitions Initiative for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions―7 grant awards, each for up to $480,000 per year, totaling almost $16.8 million over 5 years to states for integrated home and community-based services and supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health challenges and their families. The Healthy Transitions Initiative will develop or build upon existing systems to provide these youth and their families with educational, employment, mental health, and other services designed to enhance their well-being and ensure their successful transition to adulthood and independence.

Continuation of these awards is subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by the awardees. SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer this grant program. [SM-09-008]

Expansion of Substance Abuse Treatment in Targeted Areas of Need―up to $15.3 million over 3 years to 13 grantees to expand substance abuse treatment capacity systems in communities that can most benefit from these types of integrated comprehensive services.

These grants will foster the development and utilization of local recovery-oriented systems of care to address gaps in treatment capacity by supporting person-centered and self-directed approaches for substance abuse (including alcohol and drug) treatment and recovery services in communities with serious drug problems.

The annual award per grantee amount is up to $400,000 for fiscal year 2009. Continuation award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and performance of the grantee. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment will administer the grants. [TI-09-001]


  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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