SAMHSA Funding Opportunity Expands Access to Treatment for People Experiencing Homelessness

February 13, 2018

I encourage you to take a look at a recently announced funding opportunity from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is designed to expand access to behavioral health care and substance use treatment for people experiencing homelessness along with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorder.

A core component of the work to end homelessness is ensuring that people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness are connected to the behavioral health treatment and recovery supports they need and want. To truly achieve this, comprehensive, coordinated, and effective behavioral health care services must be accessible and integrated into the broader system of care. Only then will people have the supports needed to improve their health and social outcomes, as well as their housing stability.

Similar to the Cooperative Agreements that Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) and Grants that Benefit Homeless Individuals (GBHI) programs, this funding opportunity, Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness , will be an important opportunity for expanding access to treatment among people experiencing homelessness.

The goal of the program is to increase access to evidence-based treatment services, peer support, services that support recovery, and connections to permanent housing.

SAMHSA will fund three types of activities to support this goal:

  1. Services, which include: outreach, integrated behavioral health treatment, and case management, etc.
  2. Enrollment campaigns to engage and connect clients to resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits like SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP, etc.
  3. Coordination of housing and services that support permanent housing

Eligible applicants include:

  • States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and consortia of Tribes or Tribal organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

Current CABHI and GBHI grantees will not be eligible to apply. For additional information about this funding opportunity, please contact Maia Banks-Scheetz .

Applicants should register with the National Institutes of Health’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons in order to submit an application. Applications are due on March 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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