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Deadline: February 2, 2015

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Statewide Consumer Network Program

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health service delivery to people with serious mental illnesses. In so doing, it seeks to enhance statewide mental health consumer-run and -controlled organizations to promote service system capacity and infrastructure development that is consumer-driven, recovery-focused and resiliency-oriented. The program goals are:

  1. To increase consumer participation, voice, and empowerment statewide
  2. Emphasize and build consumer leadership within organizations and in the community
  3. Promote activities related to: partnership development, peer support, service needs related to gender, training and skills development, trauma-informed peer support, integrated care and wellness, and/or health reform as part of the recovery process for consumers

The Statewide Consumer Network program also seeks to address the needs of underserved and under-represented consumers, including those from ethnic, racial, or cultural minority groups, service needs related to gender, veterans, those who have histories of chronic homelessness, those with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, young adults, sexual orientation and gender identity minority individuals, and those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the nation’s health.

Amount: Total: $665,000 for up to seven awards. The maximum grant award is $95,000 per year and awards will be made for three years.

Eligibility: Mental health consumer-controlled organizations that are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and/or community- and faith-based organizations. SAMHSA will make only one award per state, territory, or tribe and is limiting eligibility to applicants in states, territories, and tribes that do not have a currently funded Statewide Consumer Network grant. (New Mexico does not have a currently funded Statewide Consumer Network grant and thus organizations in New Mexico are eligible.)

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-15-002


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