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SAMHSA accepting grant applications for SBIRT programs

May 16, 2011
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2011 that build upon SAMHSA’s Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and illicit drugs and test the additive value of integrating a screening and brief intervention module for trauma.

The established SBIRT approach for substance use has been successful in identifying and intervening with asymptomatic, risky substance users in primary care. The purpose of the program is to implement SBIRT in primary care settings; and to develop and test new trauma modules for integration into SBIRT. Findings from this program will determine the feasibility of integrating trauma screening and brief intervention with the established SBIRT and the additive value to individuals and primary care providers.

SAMHSA is projected to provide approximately up to $25 million for up to five years ($5 million per year) for up to three to five grantees. Each of the selected grantees may receive up to $1 million per year. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Who can apply: Eligible applicants are domestic and private nonprofit entities. For example, State and local governments; federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, State recognized tribes, urban Indian organizations (as defined in P.L. 94-437, as amended); public or private universities and colleges; community- and faith-based organizations; research organizations; and primary or behavioral health care organizations may apply. The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN Tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities. Consortia of Tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.

Applications are especially encouraged from primary care units that have an established research unit and primary care units collaborating with university-based research units.
[See Section III-1 of this RFA for complete eligibility information.]

How to apply: Applications for No. TI-11-014are available by calling SAMHSA’s Information Line at 1-877-SAMHSA7 [TDD: 1 800-487-4889] or by downloading the application at

Applicants are encouraged to apply online using

Application Due Date: July 5, 2011.

Additional information: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Walker Reed Forman at 240-276-2416, or email

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact Love Foster-Horton at (240) 276-1653, or email