In the wake of several gun violence tragedies – including shootings in Tucson, AZ, Aurora, CO, and Newtown, CT – the Obama Administration announced the “Now is the Time” initiative last January. The plan includes a number of measures aimed at reducing gun violence – including ensuring access to mental health treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced three funding opportunities as part of the initiative.
A Healthy Transitions opportunity includes up to $15.9 million to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16 – 25 that either have or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition. Funded activities will include identifying these young people, developing appropriate outreach and engagement strategies, and facilitating access to effective clinical and support services. Eligible applicants include state and territorial governments and tribal organizations. SAMHSA anticipates making 16 awards of up to $1 million annually for up to 5 years. Applications are due on June 13, 2014.
The remaining “Now is the Time” opportunities expand the existing Minority Fellowship Program to focus on master’s level addiction counselors and other behavioral health providers serving children and youth. Eligibility for these opportunities is limited to professional organizations. Applications are due on May 21, 2014 and May 14, 2014, respectively.