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SAMHSA News - September/October 2007, Volume 15, Number 5

Grant Awards Announced

SAMHSA recently announced a wide range of funding for new and ongoing grant programs for 2007.

These awards include $65 million in multi-year grants to 18 tribal organizations serving the mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

More than $49 million in multi-year grants were awarded to tribal service providers in 2006. These SAMHSA grants support many culturally relevant programs for promoting better mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and recovery support.

All awards are contingent on the availability of appropriated funds.

Recent Grant Awards

SAMHSA recently announced grant awards for the following programs:

Targeted Capacity Expansion–HIV/AIDS—Nearly $159 million for 67 grant awards over 5 years to provide coordinated substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS services to African American, Latino/Hispanic, and other racial or ethnic communities highly affected by the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Annual award amounts are $500,000 per year in total costs for treatment services and $400,000 per year for outreach and pretreatment services for up to 5 years. Total funding for year one is $31.8 million. [TI-07-004]

The Drug-Free Communities Program—Approximately $74 million over 5 years to 736 communities across the Nation. Of this amount, $8.9 million was awarded to 90 new anti-drug coalitions, and an additional $62.9 million to support 646 continuation grants. Individual awards are up to $500,000 over 5 years. A total of $2.4 million also was awarded for 34 grants for the Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program, including $1.32 million to support 19 new grants and $1.08 million to support 15 continuation grants. SAMHSA administers these grants in partnership with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. [SP-07-001; SP-07-002]

Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC)—$39 million over 5 years for 15 grant awards to fund the ATTC program. The ATTC program supports the workforce that provides addiction treatment services to 3.9 million Americans age 12 and older who received treatment for alcohol or illicit drug problems in the past year. The ATTCs assess the training and development needs of the substance use disorders treatment workforce, and develop and conduct training and technology transfer activities to promote the adoption of evidence-based practices in substance use disorders treatment. Fourteen regional centers and one national coordinating center received these awards, which are for $550,000 per year for up to 5 years. Total funding for year one is $7.8 million. [TI-07-001]

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)—$28 million over 4 years for 15 awards, for 2 categories of grants to organizations that help children and adolescents deal with traumatic experiences. NCTSI comprises two categories of centers designed to address child trauma issues by creating a national network of grantees who work collaboratively to develop and promote effective community practices for children and adolescents exposed to a wide array of traumatic events. Awards include 5 Treatment and Service Adaptation Center grants for $600,000 for up to 4 years, and 10 Community Treatment and Services Center grants for $400,000 for up to 4 years. [SM-07-010]

Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Targeted Areas of Need—$24 million for 16 grant awards over 3 years for the Targeted Capacity Expansion program in targeted areas of need. This program is designed to address gaps in substance abuse services for persons with alcohol and drug use disorders and help communities meet the demand for such services. Each award is funded up to $500,000 per year in total costs. Total funding for year one is almost $8 million. [TI-07-008]

Mental Health Data Infrastructure Grants for Quality Improvement—$21 million for 55 grants over 3 years to help states and territories enhance their capacity to record and report on the performance of their mental health services. The program will implement and strengthen the annual collection of the Uniform Reporting System measures and fund state mental health authorities to improve state and local data infrastructure for reporting and planning. This project also supports the Center for Mental Health Services Mental Health Block Grant program. Each state and the District of Columbia will receive up to $142,200 per year, and U.S. territories will receive up to $71,100 per year. Total funding for year one is $7.2 million. [SM-07-012]

Services in Supportive Housing Program—$17.5 million for 9 grant awards over 5 years to help local organizations end chronic homelessness in their communities. The program serves chronically homeless individuals with serious psychiatric conditions and those with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders who live in supportive housing settings. Grant funds will support individualized services known to improve residential stability and reduce psychiatric symptoms. Individual awards are for up to $450,000 per year for up to 5 years. Total funding for year one is $3 million. [SM-07-014]

Peer-to-Peer Recovery Support Services—$11.2 million for 8 grant awards over 4 years to community-based organizations to provide and assess peer-to-peer recovery services for people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. These services are designed to help prevent relapse and promote sustained recovery. Annual awards are for $350,000 per year for up to 4 years. First-year funding totals almost $2.8 million. [TI-07-002]

Co-Occurring State Incentive Grants (COSIG)—$5.5 million over 5 years for 2 grant awards for the Co-Occurring State Incentive Grant program. Awarded to the states of Delaware and South Dakota, these grants will enhance infrastructure to increase the capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services to persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, and to participate in a national evaluation of the COSIG program. Each award is for $550,000 per year over 5 years, subject to availability of appropriations. [TI-06-003]

Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion—More than $5 million for 8 grant awards over 3 years to support states in reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of restraint and seclusion in institutional and community-based settings that provide mental health services. Grantees will be able to increase the number of programs that use alternative models to reduce or eliminate restraint and seclusion, including staff training models and other multi-faceted approaches, and collect data to measure the impact of these models. The 8 awards are funded up to $214,000 per year. Total funding for year one is $1.7 million. [SM-07-005]

Targeted Capacity Expansion for Jail Diversion—$2.1 million for 2 grant awards for up to 3 years. These grants will be used to divert people with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into community-based integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment and other appropriate support services. The DeKalb County Diversion Treatment Court in DeKalb, GA, received $1 million over 3 years with $318,918 the first year. The Monroe County Office of Mental Health, in Rochester, NY, received $1.1 million over 3 years with $361,500 in the first year. [SM-07-004]


Access to Recovery

This year, SAMHSA’s Access to Recovery program received 24 grant awards, totaling $98 million for up to 3 years. These grants will give states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Tribal organizations broad discretion to implement voucher programs to pay for a range of effective, community-based, substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services. $2 million will be used to fund an independent evaluation of the program. [TI-07-005End of Article


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Awards Pending

As SAMHSA News went to press, SAMHSA was about to award additional grants for 2007. For more information about the latest grant awards, visit SAMHSA’s grants page at To read press releases of award announcements, visit The grants page also lists upcoming grant opportunities for Fiscal Year 2008.

SAMHSA has a related publication available, Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications. This manual is intended to help potential grantees acquire the skills and resources needed to plan, write, and prepare a competitive grant application for SAMHSA funding. To access the PDF of the manual, visit
. For more information, see SAMHSA News online, May/June 2007.

For comprehensive information on all Federal grants, visit grants.govEnd of Article

"Access to Recovery provides individuals with substance abuse problems the flexibility needed to find their own path to recovery." By Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., SAMHSA Administrator

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CMHS Advisory Council: New Members Named

Presidential Award Bestowed

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TAP 29: Managing Treatment System Performance

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SAMHSA News - September/October 2007, Volume 15, Number 5