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HHS Federal Program Inventory

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Budget Authority (in millions of dollars)

 FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014


6.1    Mental Health

SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services programs support the treatment and prevention of mental illness and mental health promotion. Programs include work in areas such as youth violence prevention, trauma and trauma-informed care, mental health services for children, primary and behavioral health care integration, suicide prevention, and the behavioral health needs of the homeless and those at risk for homelessness. Comprehensive community-based mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbance and adults with serious mental illness are supported through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen health care
  • Supported Strategic Objective:   Ensure access to quality, culturally competent care for vulnerable populations

6.2    Substance Abuse Prevention

SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention programs are designed to build resiliency, facilitate recovery, and prevent the onset of illegal drug, underage alcohol, and tobacco use. Prevention efforts are strengthened in states, tribes and jurisdictions through the Strategic Prevention Framework, which supports national efforts to reduce substance-abuse related problems, prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, and strengthen the capacity and infrastructure at the state and community level in support of prevention activities.  Prevention programs also support substance abuse prevention efforts for people at risk for HIV/AIDS, screening and preventative services related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, as well as oversight of the Federal Drug Free Workplace Program and the National Laboratory Certification Program for laboratories that conduct forensic drug testing.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:   Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
  • Supported Strategic Objective:   Promote prevention and wellness

6.3    Substance Abuse Treatment

SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment programs address opioid usage and referrals across health care provider groups, address the needs of special populations, strengthen treatment access and retention, emphasize recovery support services, support criminal justice activities, and bolster utilization of family-centered practices.  Through these and other efforts, the needs of families, children and individuals at risk are addressed. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program supports grantees to plan, carry out, and evaluate substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support services provided for individuals, families, and communities impacted by substance abuse and substance use disorders. 

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen health care
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Ensure access to quality, culturally competent care for vulnerable populations

6.4    Health Surveillance and Program Support

SAMHSA Health Surveillance and Program Support activities support many of the critical behavioral health data systems, national surveys, and surveillance activities SAMHSA provides to grantees, the field, and the public. This support facilitates the majority of SAMHSA’s programs and activities. The Program Support budget supports the majority of SAMHSA staff who plan, direct, and administer SAMHSA programs. It also supports individuals who provide technical assistance and program guidance to states, mental health and substance abuse professionals, stakeholders, federal partners, and the general public. SAMHSA staffing represents a critical component of the budget.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen the nation’s health and human service infrastructure and workforce
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Improve national, state, local and tribal surveillance and epidemiology capacity

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