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Shelley Starkey

SAMHSA Announces Grant Opportunity for Medication-Assisted Treatment

June 7, 2018 | Addictions | Federal Budget | Comments
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations, including community mental health and addiction treatment providers, in certain states and tribal communities to improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Eligible organizations wishing to compete for up to almost $525,000 per year must submit their applications by July 9th.

The funding opportunity, entitled Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication-Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grants, seeks to expand and enhance access to MAT services in states hardest-hit by the ongoing opioid epidemic, defined as states with the highest rates of and highest increases in heroin and opioid treatment admissions. These grants were authorized under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA).


  • Required Activities: Organizations must provide MAT using one of the FDA-approved medications for the maintenance treatment of opioid use disorders (e.g. methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, etc.) in conjunction with comprehensive OUD psychosocial services.
  • Desired Outcomes: Increasing the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT and decreasing illicit opioid use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
  • Anticipated Awards: SAMHSA will award about 125 organizations with grants up to $524,670 per year for three years, for a total of over $65.5 million in MAT-PDOA grants.
  • Eligibility: Tribes and tribal organizations across the nation are eligible to apply, as are the following states, their political subdivisions, and nonprofits within the listed states:
Alabama Montana
Alaska New Hampshire
Arizona New Jersey
Arkansas New York
California North Carolina
Colorado North Dakota
Connecticut Ohio
Delaware Oregon
District of Columbia Pennsylvania
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa Tennessee
Kentucky Utah
Maine Vermont
Maryland Virginia
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan West Virginia
Minnesota Wyoming



For full details on the funding opportunity announcement and application instructions, visit SAMHSA’s website here. Applications must be submitted by Monday, July 9th through by searching for opportunity number TI-18-009.