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SAMHSA provides up to $747 million to promote youth mental and substance use disorder prevention programs

November 06, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded up to $747 million in funding to programs for preventing mental and substance use disorders among children and youth. These programs provide crucial mental and substance use disorder prevention services in communities throughout the nation by supporting community coalitions and other universal and targeted prevention approaches. 

The enhanced and expanded services created through this program address a wide array of youth-related behavioral health concerns including suicide prevention, underage drinking, and other substance use prevention efforts. These programs are also designed to expand the nation’s behavioral health workforce, and build its capacity to address the needs of underserved populations and people with specialized needs. 

Some of these programs were developed as part of the Obama Administration’s “Now is the Time” initiative to expand and improve behavioral health services to children and youth across many critical areas. These programs work to ensure that children and youth in need of behavioral health services receive help as early as possible.

  • “It is essential that we do everything possible to help prevent young people from developing mental and substance use disorders,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “These prevention programs are some of the most important investments we can make in our nation’s future, because they are helping to shape a new generation of healthy, resilient, and productive Americans.”

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

  • The Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements).
  • Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections).
  • PPHF-2014 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
  • Cooperative Agreements to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (National Strategy Grants).
  • Now is the Time” Project AWARE State Educational Agency Grants (NITT AWARE- SEA).
  • Now is the Time” Project AWARE Local Educational Agency Grants (NITT AWARE- LEA).
  • Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Program Using New Media to Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS for Populations at High Risk (SA & HIV/AIDS Prevention & New Media).
  • Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, administered by SAMHSA).
  • Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program (funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, administered by SAMHSA).
  • Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative (SPF-PFS).
  • Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBO) (MSI CBO).
  • Cooperative Agreement for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE).

The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

For more information on SAMHSA grants, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/grants or the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.

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