Emergency grants to fund treatment for substance use disorders

April 12, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced emergency grants to help Americans dealing with substance use disorders and/or serious mental illness.

The agency is accepting applications for fiscal year 2020 Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19. The Emergency COVID-19 grants total $110 million and will provide up to $2 million for successful state applicants and up to $500,000 for successful territory and tribal applicants for 16 months.

“SAMHSA recognizes there are currently 57.8 million Americans living with mental and/or substance use disorders – the data from our own National Survey on Drug Use and Health attest to this,” said Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, the HHS assistant secretary for mental health and substance use, and the head of SAMHSA.

The administration expects the current national crisis of COVID-19 to contribute to an increase in the number of Americans grappling with increases in depression, anxiety, trauma and grief.

“The purpose of the emergency grant is to provide much-needed crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said McCance-Katz. “Funding will be provided to states, territories and tribes to develop comprehensive systems to address these needs.”

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