$16 Million in Substance Abuse Treatment Funds Available to Treat Minority Communities Affected by HIV/AIDS
March 1, 2000
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment today announced the availability of $16 million dollars to support 30-40 grants to expand substance abuse treatment in African American, Hispanic/Latino and other racial or ethnic minority communities impacted by the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
The grants are designed to address gaps in services by increasing the accessibility and availability of substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS-related services. CSAT is encouraging applications from treatment programs that have a proven record of reaching and serving hardcore, chronic drug users and their sex or needle-sharing partners.
"SAMHSA is committed to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS through injection drug use and risky behaviors related to alcohol and non-injection drug abuse," SAMHSA Administrator Nelba Chavez, Ph.D., said. "This program will give additional support to minority communities that have been combating the twin epidemics of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. These new funds will help reach people in need of substance abuse treatment and link them to appropriate and culturally relevant services."
CSAT Director H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., explained that "for too long the AIDS treatment community and the substance abuse treatment community have looked upon each other as addressing separate problems. The goal of this initiative is to demonstrate that outreach to substance abusers, particularly injecting drug users, can reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV."
Applications are encouraged from public and private nonprofit and for-profit entities, such as units of state or local government, and community-based organizations located in statistically metropolitan areas with an annual AIDS case rate of 15 per 100,000 population, or in a state with an annual AIDS case rate of greater than 10 per 100,000. Applications for grants of $100,000-$500,000 will be accepted until June 13, 2000.
Applications are available on SAMHSA's web site, www.samhsa.gov, as well as by calling 1-800-729-6686. Refer to GFA Number TI 00-005. Questions on program issues should be directed to Lisa Manley, project officer, at 301-443-2297. Grants management questions should be directed to Christine Chen at 301-443-8926.
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This article was provided by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.