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Additional Grants from SAMHSA Aim to Combat Overdoses

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In support of the President’s Unity Agenda, which focuses on the battle against the opioid and overdose epidemic, SAMHSA has announced four additional grants awards totaling nearly $11.3 million in additional funding to programs.

These grants aim to support the efforts of substance use recovery centers and agencies in reducing and preventing overdoses, prevention programs, treatment, recovery support, and harm reduction as outlined by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Overdose Prevention Strategy. This is a welcome relief for clinics that struggled considerably with underserved and underfunded programs, especially during covid.

The Four Grant Programs

Click on the grant titles to be taken to SAMHSA’s grant dashboards, with the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOS) containing the information you need to apply for grants.

  • Provider’s Clinical Support System-Universities

    This program includes three additional awards totaling more than $725,000 in the Midwest and Mountain West’s education programs focusing on opioid use disorders. This grant provides graduate-level students in medical, nursing, and other eligible programs with the knowledge and training they need to treat opioid use disorders and prescribe medications for opioid use disorders. Another goal of this grant is integrating substance use disorder education into the medical and nursing curricula to assist the transition to whole-person care. This would help make evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders more accessible, which is a crucial part of the Health and Human Services Overdose Prevention Strategy.
  • Target Capacity Expansion-Special Projects

    This program grants an additional $1.1 million and is dedicated to implementing cutting-edge strategies for providing substance use disorders (SUD) or co-occurring disorder (COD) harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services to under-resourced populations or unmet needs identified by the community in the Southeastern and East Coast regions. The grantees will provide evidence-based services that address the specific challenges of increased SUD and COD needs in their communities. These unique needs may include supporting LGBTQ+ individuals using methamphetamine or other stimulants, helping those living in rural areas, or assisting individuals with alcohol use disorders, among different populations. Additionally, the recipients may choose to expand or enhance specific areas of focus, such as telehealth or peer recovery support services.
  • Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths

    $2.6 million will be awarded to three new grantees across the New England, Midwest, and East Coast regions. The program is dedicated to reducing the number of prescription drug overdose-related deaths and adverse events among individuals 18 years of age and older. By training first responders and other community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug overdose-related deaths and implementing secondary prevention strategies, such as the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders, this grant aims to make a significant impact in the fight against the opioid crisis.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

    This program will award nearly $6.9 million and seven new grants to recipients across the West and East coasts, the Midwest, and the South. It focuses on providing SBIRT services to children, adolescents, and adults in primary care and community health settings, such as hospitals and health centers. With a particular focus on screening for underage drinking, opioid use, and other substance abuse, the grant’s aim is to reduce alcohol and drug consumption and their negative health impacts while promoting sustainability and the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. Ultimately, the goal is to expand and enhance the continuum of care for substance use recovery services.

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SAMHSA’s new grants have the potential to make a significant impact on the substance use recovery field. By supporting a range of activities and programs, providers will be able to better address the complex needs of individuals who are struggling with substance use disorders and provide them with the support they need to achieve long-term recovery.

The grant funding may also help to address some of the challenges that have arisen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as increased overdose rates and decreased access to treatment services. With additional funding, providers may be able to offer more telehealth services and outreach programs that can help to bridge the gap for those who may be hesitant to seek in-person treatment.

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