SAMHSA News Release

Date: 9/27/2011 11:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA announces $42.6 million in new grants for HIV/AIDS programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing $42.6 million in new grants to provide behavioral health services in communities most impacted by HIV/AIDS.   Funding will be used to develop and expand networks of primary care, HIV/AIDS and behavioral health service providers serving racial and ethnic minorities with or at high risk for HIV/AIDS.


Part of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 12 Cities Project, these grants accelerate comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in 12 U.S. jurisdictions that bear the highest AIDS burden in the country.


“Combating HIV and AIDS in our communities of color is more crucial than ever because the rates of infection continue to grow," said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.  "By improving access to prevention and treatment services for substance abuse and mental health conditions we can reduce risk for HIV infection and provide truly comprehensive health care for those living with the virus.”


“These grant awards are another example of how agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services are working to pursue the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy,” noted Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant for Health, Infectious Diseases. “The efforts that will be undertaken in these heavily impacted communities will increase collaboration among HIV prevention and care services and providers of vital mental health and substance abuse services to better prevent new HIV infections and care for those living with HIV. The lessons from these experiences will inform similar efforts across the nation.”


This grant program is part of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.  The 11 grantees will receive up to $1,329,000 per year for up to three years.  Continuation of these awards is subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by the awardees.  The following is a list of the grant awardees and their first year grant amounts:


Grantees                                                           Award Amount

The Philadelphia Department of Health AACO, Philadelphia,  Pa.


County of  Los Angeles Department of Public Health,  Los Angeles, Calif.


Puerto Rico Department of Health, San Juan, P.R.


Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta, Ga.


State of Florida, Department of Health, Miami, Fla.


San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, Calif.


Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, Ill.


District of Columbia Department of Health, Washington, D.C.


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore Md.


Texas Department of State Health Services, Dallas, Texas


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, N.Y.



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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: 9/27/2011 3:43 PM

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