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SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by COVID-19 and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities and states. SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.

COVID-19 Guidance

Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)

Behavioral Health Providers


General Public

Additional Federal Guidance


Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients

SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read the COVID-19 FAQs for SAMHSA Grant Recipients (PDF | 104 KB). Flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period.

Re-Budgeting Request More Than 25% or $250,000

Grant recipients have the flexibility to re-budget (e.g. 25% or less of the current budget or $250,000, whichever is less) as long as the activities are allowable under the NOFO, within the scope of your grant application, and in line with the statutory requirement of the award. Grant recipients must keep documentation of all costs and SAMHSA may request this documentation during the grant period.

If the re-budgeting of funds is more than 25% of the current budget or $250,000 whichever is less, you must submit a COVID-19 post award amendment through eRA Commons.

If your organization incurs costs related to the cancellation of events, travel, or other activities necessary and reasonable for the performance of the award due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may charge these costs to your award. If you have contracts with providers or other vendors, you must adhere to terms of the contract’s cancellation clause(s), as appropriate. Grant recipients should not assume additional funds will be available should the charging of cancellation or other fees result in a shortage of funds to eventually carry out the event or travel. Grant recipients are required to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation to substantiate the charging of any cancellation or other fees related to interruption of operations or services.

Back to School During COVID-19

Going back to school during a pandemic can be challenging for families and schools. These resources are designed to address mental health and resiliency in school settings.

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resources

National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources

Other Federal Resources

National Academy of Sciences Resources

Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. As children and youth across the U.S. are returning to school, the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education has provided resources that support students, their families, educators, and administrators as the new year starts.

Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

Technology Transfer Centers

Centers of Excellence

Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Adviser Resources

Provider's Clinical Support System (PCSS)

More COVID-19 Resources

Spanish Resources

Back to School During COVID-19
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Continuous Enrollment Unwinding
COVID-19 Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients
Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
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Last Updated: 08/30/2023
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