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Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2024


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers funding for physical and behavioral health professions programs to provide substance use disorder (SUD) education to students early in their academic careers. Increases the number of healthcare professionals with basic knowledge of strategies to identify, assess, intervene, and treat addiction; support recovery; and address stigma. Works to integrate SUD content into academic curricula and promotes multidisciplinary approaches to support the integration of behavioral and physical healthcare systems.

The target population for this program is students in medical, physician associate (PA), and nursing programs. Recipients are expected to work with local social work, public health, and counselor academic programs to provide SUD education.

Required activities include:

  • Develop and/or implement a SUD curriculum framed in a long-term illness and recovery management model that factors in the needs of people seeking SUD treatment and addresses the core elements in SAMHSA's Recommendations for Curricular Elements in Substance Use Disorders Training
  • Develop a step-by-step plan for integrating SUD content into the general curriculum, including approaches that advocate for institutional/administrative changes that affect curriculum integration and program sustainability
  • Develop relationships with training sites for students that offer opportunity to observe practice and integrate the curriculum into real-life situations and, at a minimum, can shadow professionals who are providing evidence-based treatment
  • Provide curriculum to SAMHSA for its review prior to implementation
  • Ensure faculty have the knowledge, training, expertise, and experience necessary to train students on the curricula content and provide faculty development workshops where necessary
  • Enhance the clinical and cultural competencies of mental and SUDs treatment and recovery support practitioners
  • Coordinate technical assistance (TA) efforts with all relevant SAMHSA-funded training/TA entities, local, state, and/or national organizations to help build knowledge and skills in mental illness and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support services and the capacity to address disparities in the access, use, and outcomes of behavioral health treatment
  • Partner with other academic institutions that have or are affiliated with programs for medical students, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, physician associates, nurses, social workers, and counselors to expand the impact of the program, to ensure inclusion of SUD content in other disciplines, and to promote the inter-disciplinary treatment approaches
  • Conduct regional trainings, where possible, led by the SUD faculty to disseminate SUD content in local systems of care, such as hospital systems or state and county health systems
  • Create an engagement strategy that will be updated quarterly with engagement targets and develop a communication plan which describes how program activities will be regularly promoted and publicized
  • Provide and maintain culturally and linguistically appropriate internet-based information and resources to cover the developmental lifespan
  • Provide oral interpretation in trainings and technical assistance and provide written translation of curriculum, as necessary and appropriate, and depending on targeted population

Grantees are encouraged to address the behavioral health needs of underserved communities as defined by Executive Order 13985, including people living in rural areas and indigenous and Native American populations.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 18
Estimated total program funding: $5,400,000

At least 3 awards will be made to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), and at least 1 award will be made to a Tribal College and University (TCU), pending sufficient application volume.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

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

Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose project specifically focuses on placing students in SUD treatment programs in rural or Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), with an emphasis on Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information is available in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording and slides


For programmatic or technical questions:
Fola Kayode

LaVencia Sugars

For grants management or budget questions:

For grant review process and application status questions:
Sara Fleming

Topics This Program Addresses

Colleges and Universities • Healthcare Workforce • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment