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Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.665
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 10, 2020

For programmatic or technical questions:
Roberto Rodriguez

For grants management or budget questions:
Beverly Vayhinger


This program (Short Title: Emergency COVID-19) offers grants to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program should address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness; individuals with substance use disorders; individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders; and meeting the needs of individuals with mental disorders that are less severe than serious mental illness, including those in healthcare professions.

Required activities include:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan of evidence-based mental and/or substance use disorder treatment services for individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensure that service provision may occur in a telehealth context including the use of telephone given the current emergency situation.
  • Screen and assess clients for the presence of mental and substance use disorders and/or co-occurring disorders, and use the information obtained from the screening and assessment to develop appropriate treatment approaches
  • Provide evidence-based and population appropriate treatment services
  • Provide recovery support services, individual support services, childcare, vocational, educational, linkages to housing services, and transportation services which will improve access and retention
  • Develop and implement crisis mental health services, including 24-hour mobile crisis teams, emergency crisis intervention services, medication administration, and crisis stabilization

Eligible applicants include:

  • State governments
  • The District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes
  • Tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations
  • Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: Up to $2 million per state and up to $500,000 per territory and tribe/tribal organization
Project period: 16 months
Estimated number of awards: 60
Estimated total program funding: $110,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

SAMHSA has shortened the application timeline due to the need for immediate funding. If SAMHSA does not receive applications for the full funding amount available, the application period will be extended. Each entity will only receive one award from the announcement, and funds will be distributed on a rolling basis.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · COVID-19 · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Income · Income support and assistance · Mental health · Self-sufficiency · Substance use and misuse · Telehealth · Transportation

Organizations (2)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, view details
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, view details

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