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

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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.

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

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

For more information on SAMHSA grants, visit or the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.


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