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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 

More on the Budget . . .

Funding for Established Programs

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. The budget includes $1.8 billion, the same level as FY 2010, for this program. These grant funds are the cornerstone of substance abuse-related programs for states and territories. They are used by 60 jurisdictions to plan, implement, and evaluate substance abuse prevention and treatment services, including approximately 2 million client admissions annually.

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Mental Health Block Grant. The budget provides $421 million for the Community Mental Health Block Grant. States and territories have significant flexibility to target services supported through this funding stream to their unique needs, including infrastructure, service delivery, planning, and evaluation to develop comprehensive community-based mental health service delivery systems.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students. The Agency collaborates with the Departments of Education and Justice through local partnerships to implement best practices for education, justice, law enforcement, and mental health services through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program. The budget includes $95 million, the same as FY 2010, for the prevention of youth violence. SAMHSA-supported interventions foster early childhood development of mental and physical health, reduce or delay the onset of emotional and behavioral problems, and treat children with serious emotional disturbances.

HIV/AIDS Among Minorities. The budget includes $117 million to reduce health disparities in minority communities by delivering high-quality substance abuse, mental health, and HIV prevention and treatment services.

Two New Initiatives

Examples of important new SAMHSA programs include the following:

Establishing Prevention Prepared Communities. The budget includes $23 million for a new initiative to implement comprehensive, evidence-based community prevention programs that serve young people during their at-risk years. This new program also funds grants to states for community prevention specialists to assist in the activation of these programs.

Community-Level Early Warning System. To detect the emergence of new drug threats and assist in identifying the public health and safety consequences of drug abuse, funding is earmarked in the budget to design and test a community-level early warning system under the “Program Management and Data Collection” category.

Read More . . .

SAMHSA’s Congressional Justification is available at For more detailed information about the President’s FY 2011 budget, visit

SAMHSA Budget Authority by Activity (dollars in millions)

  2009 2010 Omnibus 2011 2011 +/- 2010 Omnibus
Substance Abuse:        
Substance Abuse Block Grant 1,779 1,799 1,799 --
PHS Evaluation Funds (non-add) 79 79 79 --
Programs of Regional and National Significance:        
Treatment 412 453 487 +34
PHS Evaluation Funds (non-add) 9 9 9 --
Prevention 201 202 223 +21
Prescription Drug Monitoring 2 2 2 --
  Subtotal, Substance
2,394 2,455 2,510 +55
Mental Health:        
Mental Health Block Grant 421 421 421 --
PHS Evaluation Funds (non-add) 21 21 21 --
PATH Homeless Formula Grant 60 65 70 +5
Programs of Regional and National Significance 344 362 374 +13
Childrens Mental Health Services 108 121 126 +5
Protection and Advocacy 36 36 36 --
  Subtotal, Mental
969 1,005 1,028 +23
Program Management 100 102 136 +34
PHS Evaluation Funds (non-add) 23 23 23 +1
St. Elizabeths Hospital 1 1 -- -1
Data Evaluation 3 -- -- --
Program Level, Total 3,466 3,563 3,674 +110
Less Funds Allocated from Other Sources:        
PHS Evaluation Funds -132 -132 -132 -1
  Budget Authority, Total 3,335 3,432 3,541 +110
FTE 528 549 553 +4

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site, “Budget in Brief,” (page 43, PDF format).

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

Three new campaigns bring powerful prevention messages to communities.

  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.

  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

The STOP program is making a difference. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

Nearly 1,800 communities across the Nation recently met to discuss underage drinking.

State Estimates on Underage Drinking

State by state, the numbers differ on children and alcohol use.

  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference. TIP 51 can help providers offer women effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007 on admission rates.

  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse?

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee.

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs?

  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

The Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series offers new KITs.

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.

  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.

  Media & Messages  
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.

  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.


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