Addiction Treatment For Minority Women And Alternative Sentencing

By John Lavitt 03/22/16

SAMHSA will give away millions in grants to expand and improve addiction and HIV services for women of color, and to improve treatment services in drug courts.

Addiction Treatment For Minority Women And Alternative Sentencing
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A new batch of SAMHSA grants will target addiction treatment for minority women at high risk for HIV infection, as well as drug courts.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently made a call for substance abuse treatment professionals to apply for two groups of grants that add up to a little over $81 million. The grants seek to expand access to substance abuse treatment and HIV services for minority women, and to improve substance abuse treatment services in existing adult problem-solving courts.

The first grant program, announced in early March, will expand substance use disorder treatment and HIV services for black, Hispanic, and other racial and ethnic minority women. These expanded services are intended to benefit all women of color—heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and former inmates—and their significant others, who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are living with or are at risk for HIV/AIDS. 

According to SAMHSA, the funds will most likely be doled out through grants of up to $500,000 per year for 22 selected grantees that will be funded for a period of up to three years. The value of each grant will vary depending on the availability of funds. Nevertheless, this initiative is a huge step forward in addressing a deadly problem in a traditionally disenfranchised population. The deadline for this application is April 28.

The purpose of the second grant program, announced in February, is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem-solving courts. The goal of extending more resources to these alternative courts, which use the treatment drug model to provide alcohol and drug treatment to both defendants and convicted offenders, is to reduce incarceration rates while increasing treatment opportunities. The alcohol and drug treatment services to be funded include recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination. SAMHSA expects to fund as many as 50 grantees with up to $325,000 per year for up to three years. The deadline for this application is April 4.

These funding initiatives reflect the Obama administration’s continuing efforts to combat the drug epidemic on a community level by improving treatment and prevention services. As a treatment professional, if you are interested in accessing this opportunity, visit the SAMHSA website to download the documents you will need to apply for these grants. Such application must be submitted through

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.