The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Statewide Peer Networks for Recovery and Resiliency grants. The purpose of this grant program is to create statewide networks that represent mental health and addictions recovery communities to improve access to and the quality of behavioral health systems, services, treatment and recovery supports statewide. Formal SAMHSA-funded networks already exist in many states for specific recovery and family communities; this program is designed specifically to bridge and unify recovery networks for mental health consumers, families of children with serious emotional disturbance and youth, as well as those in recovery from addictions.
Current SAMHSA-funded Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Networks (RCSP-SNs), Statewide Family Networks (SFNs), and Statewide Consumer Networks (SCNs) grants will work together to enhance and promote cross-service system, peer workforce, and infrastructure development that is recovery-focused and resiliency-oriented. This program will promote the creation of collaboratives as self-sufficient and empowered networks that (1) strengthen the voices of mental health consumers, family members and youth, and individuals in addiction recovery at the state and local level; and (2) increase access to and quality of behavioral health systems, services, treatment, and recovery supports so that they are empowering, self-directed, resilience-oriented, and promote an enhanced life in the community for those with behavioral health concerns.