HHS Announces Funding for Substance Use Treatment and Prevention ProgramsOn March 15th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced two grant programs totaling $25.6 million to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. As described in the press release, the two grant programs are:

·     The Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx) grant program provides funds for State agencies, territories, and tribal entities that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant plan or a similar State plan to target prescription drug misuse. The grant program will raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications, fake or counterfeit pills sold online, and over prescribing. The grant will fund a total of $3 million over five years for up to six grantees.

·     The Medication-Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grant program provides resources to help expand and enhance access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). It will help increase the number of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) receiving MOUD and decrease illicit opioid use and prescription opioid misuse. The grant will fund a total of $22.6 million over 5 years for up to 30 grantees. No less than $11 million will be awarded to Native American tribes, tribal organizations, or consortia.

 

HHS Announces Nearly $44 Million to Strengthen Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Populations at Risk for or Living with HIV/AIDS

On March 18th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced $43.7 million dollars for three funding opportunities to strengthen mental health and substance use services for individuals at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS. The funding targets areas of the country with the greatest disparities related to HIV-related health outcomes. Funding for all three opportunities will be awarded in the fall. As described in the press release, the three grant programs are:

·     Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial Ethnic/ Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS: This program increases care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges who are at risk for or are living with HIV/AIDS and receive HIV primary care and other services. This grant will fund up to $30.5 million over five years for up to 61 grantees.

·     Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial Ethnic Minorities: This program provides training and education around the risks of substance use and HIV/AIDS, as well as the integration of a range of services for individuals with HIV/AIDS. The program uses a navigation approach – working through community health workers, neighborhood navigators, and peer support specialists – to expedite services for these populations. This grant will fund up to $4.5 million over five years for up to 18 grantees.

·     The Minority AIDS Initiative – Service Integration: This program reduces the co-occurring epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis, and mental health challenges through accessible, evidence-based, culturally appropriate treatment that is integrated with HIV primary care and prevention services. The grant will fund $8.7 million over four years for up to 18 grantees.

 COSSAP Peer Recovery Support Services Program Evaluation

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in collaboration with the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) is hosting a webinar on March 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., ET. on peer recovery support services program evaluation. This webinar will highlight how COSSAP grantees are currently collecting data and evaluating their peer programs, as well as some of their preliminary outcomes. Registration can be accessed here.

 

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