The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it is accepting applications for a funding opportunity for fiscal year 2017 for States or State agencies working to integrate behavioral health and primary care. SAMHSA anticipates awarding up to 11 grantees $2 million annually under the Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Grants. The projected funding totals $110 million over 5 years. All applications must be received by May 17, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
In the press announcement, SAMHSA noted the purpose of this program is to support full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary and behavioral health care. Also, these grants will help “promote services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders as well as related physical conditions and chronic diseases.”
Since 2009, SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program has provided grants to nine cohorts. This program helps communities integrate primary care services into publicly funded, community-based behavioral health settings to improve access to primary and integrated care, prevention and identification of serious physical illness, and overall health status.