SAMHSA Funding Supports Integration for Services forIndividuals Experiencing Homelessness

Outreach and Engagement of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Among Funded Activities

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued an important Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that supports the agency’s initiatives.

Click here for the FOA.
This FOA is just one example of funding opportunities that SAMHSA has made available in 2019.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI). The goal of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates substance use disorder treatment, housing services, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness.
SAMHSA plans to issue 13 grants of up to $400,000 per year for up to 5 years.  The GBHI program is a competitive grant program administered by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).   Public and private nonprofits in the United States are elgible to apply
Applications are due by December 16, 2019.
SAMHSA funds will support three primary types of activities:
  • Substance use disorders or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders treatment and other recovery-oriented services;
  • Coordination of housing and services that support the implementation and/or enhance the long-term sustainability of integrated community systems that provide permanent housing and supportive services to the target population; and
  • Efforts to engage and connect clients who experience substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits programs (e.g., Supplemental Security Income [SSI]/Social Security Disability Insurance [SSDI], Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF], Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]).
This effort supports recovery through comprehensive substance use disorder or co-occurring mental and substance use disorder treatment and recovery-oriented services.
GBHI grants are awarded in two categories, GBHI and GBHI-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). In addition to strengthening substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring mental and substance use disorder treatment, GBHI-SSH grants require placement in permanent housing for enrolled individuals.
GBHI funded services may include:
  • Outreach and engagement for the population of focus
  • Mental and substance use screening and assessment
  • Direct treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders
  • Assistance in accessing permanent housing
  • Case management and recovery support services
  • Enrollment for health insurance, Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, and other mainstream benefits
  • Access to recovery support services
Click here to learn more about other SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Services.
Click here to learn more about additional SAMHSA Grant Announcements.