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SAMHSA Awarding $196M for Medication-Assisted Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder.

The agency will provide up to $196 million in funding to states, political subdivisions within states, and public and private nonprofit organizations in states with the highest rates of primary treatment admissions based on SAMHSA’s 2015 data. The funding aims to increase the number of individuals with opioid use disorder who receive MAT, as well as to decrease illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.

SAMHSA intends to award up to 125 grants for up to three years. Applications are due July 9. Those interested should refer to the SAMHSA funding announcement for details.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.