The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 Cooperative Agreement
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This program, short title: Prevention Navigator, offers grants to provide services to those at highest risk for HIV and substance use disorders, especially racial/ethnic males ages 13-24 at risk for HIV/AIDS.
The program focuses on a navigation approach, utilizing community health workers, neighborhood navigators, and peer support specialists to enhance outreach and expedite services for these populations.
Required activities include:
- Partner with various community sectors including healthcare, schools, justice systems, social services, the faith community, and other relevant community sectors to implement comprehensive community-based substance misuse and HIV prevention strategies
- Develop and implement public messaging and awareness campaigns on the risk of substance misuse among individuals living with HIV and the importance of seeking care and treatment
- Provide opportunities for screening and testing for HIV and viral hepatitis for individuals in the community
- Provide navigation services to link individuals to care for HIV and substance misuse where indicated. Navigation services should include more than simply referral to services. Navigation should also include follow-up to ensure individuals are engaged and retained in treatment.
- Provide education and training to substance use disorder treatment and other healthcare providers on the importance of screening for HIV and assuring that clinical care needs are met if an individual is determined to be infected with HIV
SAMHSA intends to make an equitable distribution of awards in terms of geography including urban, rural, and remote settings and balance among populations of focus and program size.
Eligible applicants include:
- Community-based domestic, public, and private nonprofit entities
- Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes (AI/AN) and tribal organizations
- Urban Indian organizations
Award ceiling: $200,000 per year
Expected number of awards: 82
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated total program funding: $16,449,000
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