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Federal grant program will encourage use of technology to improve treatment

November 23, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Private nonprofit and public organizations are eligible for federal grants of up to three years for use of technology to enhance substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder treatment for underserved populations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced last week.

A total of $10.8 million in funding is expected to be available in the Targeted Capacity Expansion through the Use of Technology Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need. Under the grant program, in which up to 13 grants of up to $280,000 a year are expected to be awarded, organizations will use web-based services, smartphones and behavioral health electronic applications to improve their ability to communicate with persons in treatment.

Targeted in the programs will be underserved communities with special needs, such as the elderly, minority groups, and individuals with a criminal justice history.

The application deadline is Jan. 4. Prospective applicants must visit a government grants website and the SAMHSA website in order to access the necessary application materials.