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SAMHSA announces up to $3.75 million in funding to enhance training efforts to address eating disorders

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for funding to create a center of excellence for training on the treatment of eating disorders.

The purpose of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders grant program is to establish a national hub for developing and disseminating training and technical assistance for health care practitioners pertaining to eating disorders. The grantee will help identify model programs and will ensure that high-quality training is provided to health professionals.

Addressing and treating eating disorders is a critical component of mental health care. Many individuals across the country, particularly women, face the challenges of dealing with an eating disorder in their lifetime. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent of females have anorexia nervosa; approximately 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia nervosa. Additionally, 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.

SAMHSA plans to issue one grant of $750,000 per year for five years. The funding announcement opportunity for this grant is available at:

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. See Section III-1 for complete eligibility information.

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 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 and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, your application will not be accepted. Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management and

APPLICATION DUE DATE: August 17, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time). Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. 

For questions on grants management and budget issues, 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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