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SAMHSA Prevention Grants

Learn about prevention grant programs supported by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT).

CAPT offers training and technical assistance to states, tribes, jurisdictions, and communities supported under the following SAMHSA grant programs:

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)

Since 1993, the SABG program has provided block grants to states, tribes, and jurisdictions in order to plan and implement activities to prevent and treat substance use disorders.
These block grants serve as the primary source of substance misuse and treatment funding in most states.

Specifically, they account for approximately one-third of total state substance use agency funding and one-fourth of total state substance use prevention and public health funding. The grants are awarded to the agency responsible for preventing substance use disorders within the state.

Strategic Prevention Framework State/Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF SIG/TIG)

The SPF SIG/TIG supports activities that help grantees build a foundation for delivering and sustaining effective prevention services. These grant programs provide funding to states, tribes, and jurisdictions to implement the SPF in order to:

  • Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse, including childhood and underage drinking.
  • Reduce substance misuse-related problems in communities.
  • Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at state, tribe, jurisdiction, and community levels.

As of January 2017, all 50 states, eight jurisdictions, and 19 tribes have previously received or are currently receiving SPF SIG/TIG funding

Partnerships for Success (PFS)

PFS grant programs aim to reduce substance misuse and strengthen prevention capacity at the state, tribe, and jurisdiction levels. They do this by helping grantees leverage and realign statewide funding streams for prevention.

PFS is based on the premise that changes at the community level will lead to measurable changes at the state level. Through collaboration, states and their PFS-funded communities of high need can overcome challenges associated with substance misuse.

PFS programs also aim to bring SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale, giving grant recipients the chance to acquire more resources to implement the SPF. Learn more about applying the SPF.

Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx)

Launched in October 2016, the SPF Rx grant program aims to raise awareness among healthcare practitioners and the community about the dangers of sharing medications and the risks of overprescribing to young adults.

The program provides an opportunity for states, tribes, and jurisdictions that have completed a SPF SIG/TIG to target the priority issue of prescription drug misuse. SPF Rx also aims to bring prescription drug misuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers, and their patients.

Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (PDO)

Launched in October 2016, the PDO grant program is intended to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and related adverse events among people ages 18 and older.

The program provides the opportunity for states, selected tribes, and jurisdictions that receive SABG funding to train first responders and other key community sectors to prevent prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and implement secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders.

State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR)

Launched in May 2017, this grant program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for people with opioid use disorders. These grants were awarded to states and territories via a formula based on unmet need for opioid use disorder treatment and drug poisoning deaths.

First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement (FR-CARA)

Launched in September 2017, this grant program aims to help state, tribal, and local agencies train and provide resources to first responders and others on how to carry and administer naloxone to prevent opioid-related overdose deaths. The 21 grantees from across the country will also establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities.

Last Updated: 11/29/2017