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SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $39.8 million for the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program totaling up to $39.8 million over the next five years.

The purpose of this program is to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services for adolescents and adults in primary care and community health settings for substance misuse and substance use disorders. This program is designed to expand the identification of, and enhance the care for, individuals who have or are at risk for a substance use disorder. SAMHSA expects to fund as many as eight grantees with up to $995,000 per year for up to five years. The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY:  Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, such as

  • State governments through the immediate office of the single state authority or director of the health department (or equivalent agency) in states, the District of Columbia and the following territories: Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.
  • The highest-ranking official and or the duly authorized federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
  • Private non-profit health care or behavioral health care systems, such as health maintenance organizations, preferred-provider organizations, Federally Qualified Health Care systems, hospital systems, and community health or behavioral health centers.

Fiscal Year 2016 SBIRT grant program recipients funded under announcement TI-16-007 are not eligible to apply for this program. Complete eligibility information is available in Section III-1 of the funding opportunity announcement.

HOW TO APPLY:  All applicants must register with the National Institutes of Health’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you must start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. If your organization is not registered or you do not have an active eRA Commons account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted. Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management,, and

APPLICATION DUE DATE: February 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Reed Forman at (240) 276-2416 or For questions on grants management and budget issues please contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes.

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