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Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS

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SAMHSA is dedicated to promoting wellness and reducing the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America's communities and is collaborating with its Federal partners to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

National HIV/AIDS Strategy

What Are We Doing

  • SAMHSA is working to ensure that individuals who are at high risk for or have a mental and/or substance use disorder and who are most at risk for or are living with HIV/AIDS have access to and receive appropriate behavioral health services (including prevention and treatment), HIV/AIDS care and medical treatment through its many grant programs and technical assistance opportunities.

  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. It includes HIV-related behavioral health prevention and treatment for use in local settings, with implementation/adaptation guidance.

  • Mental Health AIDS - Research on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of HIV and mental/behavioral health, organized to support evidence-based clinical practice. Archived December 2011.

SAMHSA Training or Technical Assistance

  • Free/minimal cost training and education for front-line providers on HIV-specific behavioral health is available through the following programs: HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project Exit Disclaimer with National Association of Social Workers, HOPE Program Exit Disclaimer with the American Psychological Association, and the AIDS Education Project Exit Disclaimer with the American Psychiatric Foundation provide local training on request. On-line trainings and CEU/CME's may be available.

  • Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) Exit Disclaimer funded by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to provide a nationwide, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field.


SAMHSA grant programs focus on providing effective, culturally competent treatment, prevention, and services in minority communities for individuals who are at risk for, or who have, a mental and/or substance use disorder, and who are most at risk for, or who are living with, HIV/AIDS.

Current grant opportunity (Limited Funding Opportunity-12 Cities):  Minority AIDS Initiative Targeted Capacity Expansion (MAI-TCE): Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care Network Cooperative Agreements - 2011

Current grant programs have focused on:

  • Integrated substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention services through the Minority Substance Abuse/HIV Prevention Initiative funded in 2008, 2009, the Ready-To-Respond Initiative funded in 2010. CSAP also funded the Capacity Building Initiative in 2010 and the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) funded in 2010.

  • Coordinated substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS services and outreach through the Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services (TCE/HIV) funded in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

  • Cooperative Agreements for HIV/AIDS Related Mental Health Services in Minority Communities funded in 2006

  • States whose rate of AIDS is 10 or more per 100,000 individuals are considered HIV-Designated States. HIV-Designated States must expend 5% of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SABG) Block Grant award on HIV early intervention services.

Additional HIV/AIDS Information

Archived Resources

Last updated: 08/30/2013

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SAMHSA is collaborating with its Federal partners to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Federal Implementation Plan, and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Operational Plan.
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"Clinical depression is the most commonly observed mental health disorder among HIV-infected patients, affecting up to 22% of patients. The prevalence may be even greater among substance users," according to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and Johns Hopkins University Division of Infectious Diseases.