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SAMHSA to Issue $30M in Harm Reduction Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new grant program to increase access to community harm reduction services and support providers in preventing overdose deaths and reducing health risks associated with drug use.

The funding is authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act and supports the Department of Health and Human Services’ overdose prevention strategy.

SAMHSA will distribute $10 million annually for three years. The agency will ask grant recipients to develop or expand evidence-based services that may include:

  • the provision of sterile syringes;
  • safe sex kits;
  • prevention education about synthetic opioids and other substances;
  • overdose prevention kits, including naloxone distribution;
  • peer worker engagement; and
  • medical services, case management, and referral to treatment.

SAMHSA is accepting applications for this grant funding opportunity; applications are due Feb. 7, 2022.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions


About the Author

Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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