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Malka Berro

Behavioral Health Policy and Practice Intern

SAMHSA, HRSA Announce Awards for Prevention, Treatment of Opioid Addiction, SMI

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Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a series of awards totaling nearly $350 million to fund increased access to mental health and addiction services. One cohort of awards supports efforts to combat the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, funding local and state organizations. The second cohort supports increased access to mental health and substance use services at federally qualified health centers. Funds for these grants were authorized in part by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.



On September 15th, HHS announced its commitment of $144.1 million in funding to combat the opioid epidemic. This funding will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through six grant programs, and distributed among 58 city, state, and community organizations. Four of the grant programs were authorized in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which helped fund efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder.

Below is a full list of the grant programs and award amounts:

  • Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – $35 million to expand access to MAT for persons with an opioid use disorder seeking treatment;
  • Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women –$49 million to expand services for women and their children in residential substance abuse treatment facilities, among other services;
  • Building Communities of Recovery – $4.6 million in CARA funding to increase the availability of long-term recovery support for substance use and addiction;
  • Improving Access to Overdose Treatment – $1 million in CARA funding to expand access to FDA-approved drugs or devices for emergency opioid overdose treatment;
  • First Responders – $44.7 million in CARA funding to provide training and medication for emergency opioid overdose treatment; and
  • State Pilot Grant for Treatment of Pregnant and Postpartum Women – $9.8 million in CARA funding to support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder.

Also this month, the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announced the award of more than $200 million to help 1,178 health centers increase access to their mental health and substance use services. These programs will focus particularly on opioid use treatment, awareness, and prevention in primary care settings. An additional $3.3 million was set aside for 13 rural health organizations to aid in expanding and implementing their opioid recovery services. This funding comes from the Rural Health Opioid Program, as well as the Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program.

Read the release on the HHS grant in full here and HRSA here.