SAMHSA awards $66M in grants for community mental health programs

SAMHSA awards $66M in grants for community mental health programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced Friday it had awarded nearly $66 million in grants for technical assistance and training for individuals, communities, states, and health care professionals in better delivering mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

SAMHSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to connect evidence-based mental and substance use disorder treatment to Americans and to ensure that those providing the services are highly educated and well-equipped to deal with Americans’ mental and behavioral health needs.

“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 Elinore F. McCance-Katz, HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. “By providing crucial technical assistance and training, at no cost to providers, SAMHSA aims to increase access to quality care for millions of Americans.”

The grantees include the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, which received the Family Support Technical Assistance Center (FAM-CoE) grant, which focuses on training and educating the general public and healthcare professionals on the importance of family supports in mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center received the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) grant, which provides education and resources to educate individuals, communities, and states on the best practices for identifying suicide risk and strategies for suicide prevention.