The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded nearly $66 million in grants to provide training, education, and resources at no cost to individuals, communities, states, and the healthcare field to improve the delivery of mental and substance use disorder treatment in America’s communities.
SAMHSA, an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), helps to connect Americans to evidence-based mental and substance use disorder treatment through ensuring a highly educated and well-equipped healthcare workforce.
"Our data show that nearly 58 million Americans were living with mental or substance use disorders in 2018. Not nearly enough people access the treatment and care they need," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, who heads SAMHSA. "By providing crucial technical assistance and training, at no cost to providers, SAMHSA aims to increase access to quality care for millions of Americans."
SAMHSA is committed to providing training and education on a wide variety of subjects affecting the behavioral health field.
- The Family Support Technical Assistance Center (FAM-CoE) grant focuses on training and educating the general public and healthcare practitioners on the importance of family supports and services, and on the integration of these services into mental and substance use disorder treatment programs. The grant was awarded to the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
- The National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) grant will provide states, tribes, and communities with training and technical assistance (TTA) on children’s behavioral health, with a focus on systems of care. This grant has been awarded to the Center for Applied Research Solutions.
- The Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) grant will provide TTA to the general public and people working with individuals who are at risk for, or are experiencing, homelessness. The TTA will specifically address education for practitioners on meeting the needs of people who experience homelessness and have serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD). This grant has been awarded to Policy Research, Inc.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) grant will provide education and resources to individuals, communities, and states on best practices to identify suicide risk and implement strategies for effective suicide prevention. This center also includes resources for suicide prevention in specific settings such as schools, college campuses, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. This grant has been awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
- The National Peer-Run Training and TA Center for Addiction Recovery Peer Support (APR-CoE) grant will provide TTA to recovery community organizations (RCOs), as well as to peer support networks. SAMHSA has long acknowledged the value of individuals with lived experience in assisting others in achieving and maintaining recovery from substance use disorders, and this Center will assist in the promotion of peer recovery support activities. This grant has been awarded to the University of Missouri Kansas City.