Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma
The purpose of the Resilience in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST Program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, and reductions in trauma and sustained community change. SAMHSA expects the ReCAST Program to be guided by a community coalition of residents and community-based; non-profit organizations in partnership with such entities as health and human services providers, schools, and institutions of higher education; faith-based organizations; businesses, state and local government entities, and law enforcement; and employment, housing, and transportation services agencies.
Program goals include the following:
- Building a foundation to promote well-being, resiliency, and community healing through community-based, participatory approaches
- Creating more equitable access to trauma-informed community behavioral health resources
- Strengthening the integration of behavioral health services and other community systems to address the social determinants of health, recognizing that factors, such as law enforcement practices, transportation, employment, and housing policies, can contribute to health outcomes
- Creating community change through community-based, participatory approaches that promote community and youth engagement, leadership development, improved governance, and capacity building
- Ensuring that program services are culturally specific and developmentally appropriate
Amount: $10,000,000 is available for up to 11 grants of up to $1,000,000 each.
Eligibility: Local municipalities (e.g., counties, cities, and local governments) in partnership with community-based organizations that have faced civil unrest within the past 24 months.
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