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SAMHSA News - Volume XI, Number 2, Spring 2003

SAMHSA Awards New Grants

SAMHSA announced several new grant awards this spring. Grants awarded so far include:

Recovery Community Services Grants

10 awards totaling $3.25 million this year were made to support development of peer support services for people recovering from alcohol and drug use disorders. The services that will be developed and delivered under this SAMHSA program are expected to expand the capacity of the treatment delivery system by providing peer-to-peer services that help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery for participants.

Grantees include the following:

Recovery Community Organizations: Women in New Recovery, Mesa, AZ; Group Ministries, Inc., Buffalo, NY; Voices for Addiction Recovery NC, Inc., Ashville, NC; Recovery Resource Center, Maywood, IL; and Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, Dallas, TX. These five awardees are organizations comprised of and led primarily by people in recovery and their family members.

Facilitating Organizations: Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle, WA; AIDS Service Center of Lower Manhattan, Inc., New York City, NY; Central City Concern, Portland, OR; Western MA Training Consortium, Inc., Holyoke, MA; and Detroit Public Health Department, Detroit, MI.

These organizations will assist recovery groups in forming an independent recovery community organization to provide peer recovery support services, or will assist them in developing another organizational structure that enables recovery community members to provide peer services in an autonomous manner.

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State Incentive Grants

Governor's offices in the two states and the U.S. Virgin Islands received grants to reduce illegal drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among youth.

Awards will be made over a period of 3 years to California for $12 million, to Alabama for $9 million, and to the Virgin Islands for about $3.75 million.

The State Incentive Grants will support statewide planning and strategies to reach youth, parents, and families at the community level with effective substance abuse prevention programs. A full 85 percent of funds awarded through the incentive grant program are directed to support the work of community-based programs.

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Treatment Drug Courts

$15 million over 3 years for 13 grants to allow for expansion and enhancement of Family Treatment Drug Courts, Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts, and Adult Treatment Drug Courts that are currently operating. These courts are designed to target effective treatment services to break the cycle of child abuse or criminal behavior, alcohol or drug abuse, and incarceration, by funding services that support substance abuse treatment.

2 grants were awarded to Family Treatment Drug Courts in Suffolk County, NY, and San Diego County, CA.

11 grants were awarded to Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts in Santa Clara County, CA; Osceola County, FL; Queens, NY; City and County of Denver, CO; Pinellas County, FL; Cuyahoga County, OH; Madison County, IN; Lexington County, SC; Salt Lake Reservation, Maricopa County, AR; Benton County, OR; and Utah County, UT.

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Targeted Capacity Expansion Grants

$10.4 million for 7 grants to expand or enhance substance abuse treatment capacity in local communities. These 3-year grants are part of SAMHSA's program to target funding in local areas where there are serious, emerging substance abuse problems or the need for rapid response to demands for alcohol and drug treatment services.

Awards were made to: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., Anchorage, AK; San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA; City of Gallup, NM; City of Milwaukee, WI; Fairbanks Native Association, Fairbanks, AK; City of Huntington, WV; and Lancaster County, NE.

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Health Services to Homeless

14 grants totaling $23 million over 3 years to provide substance abuse and mental health services to homeless individuals. These grants will support treatment programs and other services for people who are homeless, as well as people who are at imminent risk for becoming homeless. Grant awards will total almost $7.8 million each year for 3 years, subject to continued availability of funds and progress achieved by the grantees.

This year's grantees for Treatment for the Homeless projects include: Bonita House, Inc., Oakland, CA; New Directions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO; Brandywine Counseling Inc., Wilmington, DE; Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc., Tampa, FL; Chicago Health Outreach, Inc., Chicago, IL; Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Inc., Decatur, IL; Boston Medical Corporation, Boston, MA; ServiceNet, Inc., Northampton, MA; Goodwill Industries of Greater NY, and NJ Inc., Astoria, NY; CASES, New York City, NY; North Oklahoma County Mental Health Center, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK; Aliviane, Inc., El Paso, TX; and Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Huntington, WV.

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