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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)



Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers block grants to states, territories and freely associated states, and one tribe to provide funds with the flexibility to design and implement activities and services to address the complex needs of individuals, families, and communities affected by substance use disorder (SUD). Funds may be used to establish statewide programs and services or to make sub-awards to local organizations to provide SUD services in their region. Requires all activities and services funded by SABG to address the program's primary purposes.

The SABG program targets the following populations and service areas:

  • Pregnant women and women with dependent children
  • IV drug users
  • Tuberculosis services
  • Early intervention services for HIV/AIDS
  • Primary prevention services

SABG funds may be used to support the needed and necessary services for the target population such as:

  • Funding priority treatment and support services for individuals without insurance or for whom coverage is terminated for short periods of time
  • Funding priority treatment and support services not covered by Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance for low-income individuals that demonstrate success in improving outcomes and/or supporting recovery
  • Collecting performance and outcome data for substance use to determine the effectiveness and promotion of SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery supports and to plan the implementation of new services
  • Funding primary prevention that includes universal, selective, and indicated prevention activities and services for individuals not identified as needing SUD treatment

SABG primary prevention strategies are:

  • Using information dissemination to increase the knowledge of substance use, abuse, addiction and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. Includes increasing awareness of prevention and treatment services.
  • Providing education to build critical life skills and social skills through structured learning processes.
  • Offering alternatives to target populations and providing them with healthy activities that exclude alcohol and other drugs.
  • Conducting problem identification and making referrals, which includes identifying individuals who have engaged in illegal or age-inappropriate substance use with the goal of reversing their behavior through education.
  • Providing community-based processes that offer networking activities and technical assistance to community groups or agencies.
  • Making or establishing environmental changes in written and unwritten community standards, codes, and attitudes toward substance use.

Helps community organizations and the Mental Health Planning Council offer more direct opportunities for involvement with the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG).

Amount of Funding

Grants are awarded noncompetitively by formula based on three components:

  • Costs for data collection, technical assistance, and program evaluation
  • Calculating baseline allotments for states and territories
  • Adjusting the allotments, if necessary, so that the statutory minimum allotment constraints are satisfied

Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 60
Estimated total program funding: $1,900,000,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2021

Who Can Apply

SABGs are mandated by Congress to provide funds and technical assistance to:

  • State governments and the District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Republic of Palau
  • The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Applications can be submitted through SAMHSA's online web block grant application system (WebBGAS).

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the SABG Application and Plan.

Applicant frequently asked questions
Applicant SABG fact sheet


For questions about Substance Abuse Block Grants in individual states, contact the appropriate single state agency (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services.

Topics This Program Addresses

Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Infectious Diseases • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Women • Youth