CSAC Bulletin Article

Addressing Behavioral Health Needs During the COVID-19 Response

April 2, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have release an announcement for a webinar and a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), both to assist with the impacts to the behavioral health system due to COVID-19.

SAMHSA/OCR Telehealth Guidance Webinar

SAMHSA and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have prepared new federal guidance on patient privacy while provide substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) telehealth services. The webinar will be health on Monday, April 6 at 11:00 AM EST. The webinar will describe how privacy laws apply to telehealth, review the new privacy guidance issued by SAMHSA and OCR, and coordinate the sharing of ideas and innovative approaches to protecting patient privacy when providing telehealth services. The target audience for this webinar are SUD and MH providers, administrators, and state and local agency leaders. Please register here.

Emergency Funding Opportunity

SAMHSA has begun accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Emergency COVID-19 Grants to address SUD and MH needs during this crisis. The application deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020. With an anticipated increase in substance use and MH related issues due to the global pandemic, the purpose of this program is to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults. Funding will be provided for state governments, territories, and tribes to develop comprehensive systems to address these needs. The purpose of this program is specifically to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, individuals with substance use disorders, and/or individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

SAMHSA plans on awarding $110,000,000 in funding to 60 awardees. States are eligible up to $2 million per state, territories and tribes can receive up to $500,000 per territory or tribe. There will be no match required.

Please review the full application and related materials here.

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