SAMHSA accepting applications for up to $50 million to help tribes address opioid crisis

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $50 million in Tribal Opioid Response Grants. The grants, which will go to tribes and tribal organizations, will fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in response to the opioid crisis.

The Tribal Opioid Response Grants will address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally-appropriate evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. The grants will reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths.

Activities funded by this program will provide a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis spanning the spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. “Preventing, treating, or recovering from an opioid use disorder often involves a range of services,” said Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz. “The grants we are announcing will support an expansion of evidence-based treatment and services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. More people will have access to lifesaving healthcare.”

Under President Trump, in April 2017, HHS unveiled a new five-point Opioid Strategy. The Strategy prioritizes efforts in five areas: 1) Improving access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services, including medication-assisted treatment; 2) Promoting the targeted availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs; 3) Strengthening public health data reporting and collection; 4) Supporting cutting-edge research on addiction and pain and 5) Advancing the practice of pain management. Over fiscal years 2017 and 2018, HHS will have invested  over $4 billion in opioid-specific funding, including funds to state and local governments as well as tribal, public, and nonprofit organizations to support treatment and recovery services, target availability of overdose-reversing drugs, train first responders, and more.

For information on how to apply for FOA TI-18-016 TOR grant, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-016.

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: 06/28/2018