HHS Awards $42.1 Million for Substance
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
October 5, 2001
AHHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced a series of grants
to communities and local governments totaling $42.1 million to increase
the availability of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services.
"There's no question that treatment provides people in need
with a second chance, and we need to do everything we can to give
them that opportunity to rebuild their lives," Secretary Thompson
said. "These grants will help local communities address substance
abuse treatment needs at the earliest possible stages."
Of the total funding awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse
Treatment (CSAT), $13.1 million was awarded to 29 communities to
increase substance abuse treatment capacity.
Additionally, $29 million was awarded to address the specific needs
of youth, homeless and minority groups, including: * $3.5 million
for seven communities to provide substance abuse treatment services
in minority organizations and reduce disparities in access to care;
* $2.9 million to four communities to strengthen their drug and
alcohol identification, referral and treatment systems for youth;
* $9.8 million for 17 communities to expand their drug and alcohol
treatment and mental health systems for the homeless;
* $11 million to 24 communities to reduce the spread of substance
abuse related HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases in African-American,
Latino/Hispanic, and other racial/ethnic minority communities; and
* $1.8 million to 13 American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments
and organizations to integrate substance abuse treatment with mental
health, primary care and other public health in these communities.
"These grants were designed to help address the regional nature
and shifting trends in substance abuse and resulting changes in
treatment needs," said Acting SAMHSA Administrator Joseph H.
Autry III, M.D. "Mayors, town and county officials, and Indian
Tribal Governments have emphasized the need for federal leadership
in providing a rapid and strategic response to the demand for services
that are regional or local in nature."
"The future of children, minority populations, men or women
who have been released from jails and prisons, adolescents, the
homeless and individuals who are at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS
can be jeopardized by their addictions," said CSAT Director
H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. "Effective, timely treatment
can be the answer to full, productive lives. Our grants address
their specific needs through culturally relevant community-based