SAMHSA to provide $15M in grants to tribal communities


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will provide $15 million in supplemental grant awards to 154 current Tribal Behavioral Health (TBH) recipients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each recipient will receive $97,402 to meet its community’s increased mental and substance use disorders needs.

The TBH program is designed to promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native youths up to 24 years old, to reduce the impact of trauma, and to prevent suicide and substance misuse. It also enables communities to facilitate collaboration between agencies to support youths as they transition into adulthood, to foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma, and to minimize the effects of mental and substance use disorders.

“SAMHSA is prioritizing releasing CARES Act funding to communities across the country,” Elinore F. McCance-Katz, head of SAMHSA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, said. “We know how urgent our country’s mental health and substance use disorder crises were before the coronavirus pandemic and how they are increasing as a result of it.”

SAMHSA has awarded $375 million in grant funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency’s mission is to reduce the impact of mental illness and substance abuse on communities.