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SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $17 million in grants to address HIV and behavioral health disorders

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $17.4 million in grants under its Minority AIDS Initiative: Service Integration program.

The purpose of the program is to integrate evidence-based, culturally competent mental and substance use disorder treatment with HIV primary care and prevention services. The population of focus is individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring disorder (COD) living with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis in at-risk populations, including racial and ethnic minority communities.  The goal is to reduce the incidence of  HIV  and improve the overall health outcomes for individuals with SMI or COD. SAMHSA expects to award  as many as 10 grants of up to $485,000 per year for up to four years. The actual award amounts may vary depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private non-profit entities, for example

  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community-and faith-based organizations
  • States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau

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 at, and

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Applications must be received by the due date to be considered for review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Ilze Linda Ruditis at (240) 276-1777 or For questions on grants management and budget issues please contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 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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