Published On: September 10, 2023

SAMHSA Awards $57.6 Million Toward Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

In a significant move to address the ongoing substance use disorder (SUD) crisis in the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded a total of $57.6 million in seven grant programs aimed at providing critical support and resources to individuals grappling with addiction. This substantial funding allocation underscores the government’s commitment to combat the opioid epidemic and other substance-related challenges that have plagued communities across the nation. Through seven carefully selected programs listed below, these grants are poised to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals who need help the most.

  1.   Substance Abuse Block Grant Program: Approximately $30.5 million will support this program, which provides critical resources to states, territories, and tribes to enhance their ability to deliver a wide range of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
  2.   Targeted Capacity Expansion- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): SAMHSA is directing $12.3 million to expand MAT services, which help individuals access evidence-based treatment options that significantly improve recovery outcomes.
  3.   Building Communities of Recovery: $2.7 million has been allocated to bolster initiatives that create supportive communities for individuals in recovery though increased awareness, reducing stigma and providing a welcoming environment for those seeking assistance.
  4.   Treatment Drug Courts: With a focus on diverting individuals with substance use disorders from the criminal justice system to treatment, SAMHSA is allocating $2.4 million to support treatment drug courts.
  5.   Targeted Capacity Expansion – HIV Program: Recognizing the intersection of substance use disorders and HIV/AIDS, SAMHSA is dedicating $3.5 million to expand services for individuals living with HIV who also have substance use disorders.
  6.   Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) – State Pilot: SAMHSA is allocating $2.4 million to support the CARA State Pilot program, which aims to enhance access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services.
  7.   Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): $3.8 million has been directed from SAMHSA toward the SBIRT program, which focuses on early intervention and prevention in primary care settings.

In the face of an ongoing public health crisis, SAMHSA’s $57.6 million in grants serve as a beacon of hope, showing that collective efforts and investments in addiction treatment and recovery are central to creating a healthier and more resilient society.