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Block Grant Report

SAMHSA administers four block and formula grant programs: the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Block Grant, the Mental Health Services Block grant, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Formula Grant, and the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Formula Grant.  Allocations for each are made in accord with legislative authorities.  This document provides a guide to the formulas for each program, flowcharts for the major steps of the allocation process, and relevant section of legislation.

Short Reports 

SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) produces Short Reports of about 3 pages on selected topics in substance use, abuse, and treatment on the web weekly.  Topics include data on specific drugs, such as club drugs, heroin, marijuana, inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as correlates of drug use and treatment.  Short reports are also developed on mental health topics such as depression, serious psychological distress, and mental health services received.  These are accessed on-line.  For email notification of the release of these report, click on or copy


SAMHSA's OAS National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), formerly called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse is the primary source of national information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse and on selected mental health topics in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older.  The NSDUH reports provide national statistics on selected mental health topics as well as the prevalence, demographic, correlates, perceived harmfulness, and other measures of alcohol, tobacco, non medical use of psychotherapeutics, and illicit drug use.  State estimates of drug use, depression, and serious psychological distress are now available in this series.


The Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS) developed by SAMHSA's OAS is the primary source of national data on substance abuse treatment.  The DASIS series provides national data on drug and alcohol treatment services and admissions.  DASIS  provides information on substance abuse treatment facility location, characteristics, services offered and utilization.  DASIS also provides data on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions and discharges in the nation's substance abuse treatment system.  Data in this series come from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) [formerly called the Uniform Facility Data Set (UFDS)].  For more information on DASIS and its components.


The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is managed by SAMHSA's OAS and collects data from two types of respondents: (1) hospital emergency departments (EDs) and (2) medical examiners/coroners.  DAWN provides data on the number and characteristics of drug abuse related visits and information on drug abuse related deaths, based on reports about the abuse of illegal drugs or legal substances when used for nonmedical purposes. 


The Analytic Series  present statistics on such topics as mental health, drug use and driving, workplace policies, and drug use by racial and ethnic groups and other special topics relating to alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health. This series generally provides data from special studies, secondary analysis of multiple data sources, or more in-depth analysis of the data presented in the standard annual reports in the other SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies publication series. 


The Methodology Series provides background technical information on SAMHSA's OAS data systems.  This series addresses methodological issues concerning data collection systems conducted by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies. These reports include studies of new statistical techniques and theories, survey methods, sample design, survey instrument design, and objective evaluations of the reliability of collected data.  Most of the Methods Reports are found only on the web.  Click here to access the Methods Reports that are Web Only.


WEB Only Documents include detailed tables from SAMHSA's OAS data systems, specialized methodology reports, and other OAS reports not available in print.  

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This page was last updated on April 08, 2009.

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