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.”
For more information, go to www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/fg-20-006.