SAMHSA to award three new grants to address the opioid epidemic

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for $1million in grants for Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Supplements.

The purpose of this program is to expand and enhance prevention, treatment, and recovery support efforts in the states hardest hit by the nation’s opioid epidemic. The purpose of the supplemental funding is to bolster efforts already being made through the STR grant program. These additional funds will target areas of greatest need. 

SAMHSA will award grants to three states with the highest overdose death rates and rate of increase in death rates. This funding follows last year’s announcement of $1 billion in grants, which SAMHSA distributed to states and territories based on number of overdose deaths and the number of people needing treatment.

SAMHSA expects to fund three grants of $333,000 for one year. The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are Opioid STR grantees with the ten highest rates of overdose deaths in 2015 according to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The eligible states include Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

HOW TO APPLY: In order to submit an application, you must register in The National Institutes of Health’s eRA (electronic Research Administration) Commons in addition to the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time). Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions should contact Odessa Crocker at (240) 276-1078 or Odessa.Crocker@samhsa.hhs.gov.

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last Updated: 11/29/2017