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Minority HIV/AIDS Fund: Integrated Behavioral Health and HIV Care for Unsheltered Populations Pilot Project (Portable Clinical Care Pilot Project)


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Application Deadline: Jul 24, 2023


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers funding for pilot projects that deliver portable clinical care outside of the clinic setting for racial and ethnic medically underserved people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Focuses on providing integrated behavioral health and HIV treatment and prevention services, using a syndemic approach that includes low barrier substance use disorder (SUD) treatment; mental healthcare; HIV and viral hepatitis testing and treatment; HIV prevention and harm reduction services to meet the individual needs of the target population.

Required activities include:

  • Basic primary healthcare services and supplies, including wound care; diabetes, acute infection, and blood pressure screenings with appropriate follow-up care and/or referral
  • Low barrier SUD treatment, including screening for SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders; (FDA)-approved medications for SUD, alcohol and opioid use disorders; access to or partnership with opioid treatment programs (OTP) and office-based opioid treatment programs (OBOT); and other culturally appropriate and trauma-informed treatment options
  • Syndemic approaches to address HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STI), viral hepatitis, Mpox, and tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, including screening, testing, case management, and referral/connection to treatment/follow-up care, such as access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), as needed
  • Harm reduction services such as distribution of FDA-approved overdose reversal medication and drug supply testing kits, along with overdose prevention education, especially regarding opioid and their synthetic analogs
  • Mental healthcare, treatment, and referral, to include screening and assessment, and delivery/coordination of integrated, client-centered, on-site mental health treatment services
  • Outreach and case management services to address social determinants of health, including engagement with sustainable permanent housing options, coordination of all aspects of care, and enrollment in supportive services and benefit programs
  • Promote health equity and inclusion of those who are disproportionately underserved to address health disparities through efforts such as hiring staff that represent the population being served, translation of tools and resources, and other activities

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $666,666 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 3
Estimated total program funding: $2,000,000

Two awards will be made to applicants providing services in urban areas and 1 award will be made to an applicant providing services in rural areas pending sufficient application volume.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • Political subdivisions of states
  • Indian tribes
  • Tribal organizations
  • Community-based public and private nonprofit entities
  • Programs operated by or in accordance with a contract or award with the Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Other public or private nonprofit entities

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • A provider organization for direct services to people experiencing homelessness as well as experience providing some or all of the following services - SUD treatment, SUD prevention, mental health, and behavioral health - appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. The provider may be the applicant or another organization committed to the project. More than 1 provider organization may be involved
  • Each service provider organization must have at least 2-years experience providing relevant services to individuals from racial and ethnic medically underserved communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and HIV-related health disparities
  • Each service provider organization must comply with all applicable local, city, county, and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application
  • Eligible tribes and tribal organization mental health/SUD treatment providers must comply with all applicable tribal licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • New Program • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Kirk E. James, MD

Kristin Roha, MS, MPH

For grants management or budget questions:

For grant review process and application status questions:
Hawa Kamara

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Harm Reduction • Housing and Homelessness • Infectious Diseases • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Prevention • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment