SAMHSA News Release

Date: 9/12/2012 9:30 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA awards up to $2.3 million in Statewide Consumer Network grants

Up to $2.3 million in funding will help up to 11 new statewide consumer networks strengthen coalitions among consumers, peers, policymakers and service providers,
Pamela S. Hyde , the administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced today.


Consumer networks can foster peer support groups and offer training for peer support leaders. Grantees also provide counseling services for persons with mental health and substance abuse disorders.


 “These community-based, trained peer support networks provide essential services to individuals and families throughout our country, and their positive impact cannot be overstated,” said Hyde. “The innovative and holistic approaches to behavioral health support provided through these networks can help communities meet a wide array of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.”


Grantees will receive up to $70,000 per year for up to three years.  The actual amounts of the grants will depend on the availability of funds.


The grant recipients and their yearly awards are:


SC SHARE                             West Columbus, S.C.              $70,000


Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.      Wethersfield, Conn.               $70,000


Mental Health

Empowerment Project           Albany, N.Y.                            $68,223


Wings Across Alabama          Montgomery, Ala.                   $70,000


South Dakota United for

Hope & Recovery                   Rapid City, S.D.                     $70,000


Alaska Peer

Support Consortium              Anchorage, Alaska                  $69,902


Amistad, Inc.                          Portland, Maine                      $68,700


NAMI Texas                           Austin, Texas                          $70,000


Fresh Start of

Miami-Dade                            Miami Gardens, Fla.               $70,000


Kansas Consumer Advisory

Council for Adults                  Wichita, Kan.                          $70,000

Grassroots Empowerment

Project, Inc.                             Madison, Wis.                         $69,992

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Last updated: 9/12/2012 9:28 AM

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