The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it was awarding $137 million for programs to strengthen local programs supported through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Much of the funding for these grants came from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created under the Affordable Care Act.
The new grant funding included:
- Nearly $5 million to help states and territories enhance and expand the national network of tobacco cessation quitlines to increase the number of tobacco users who quit. Quitlines are the toll-free numbers people can call to obtain smoking cessation treatments and services.
- Up to $75 million to fund nine Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment programs over the next five years. These programs will allow communities throughout the nation to provide more comprehensive substance abuse screening, secondary prevention, early intervention and referrals to treatment for people at higher risk for substance abuse.
In a statement on the awards, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius said, “More than ever, it is important to help states fight disease and protect public health. These awards are an important investment and will enable states and communities to help Americans quit smoking, get immunized and prevent disease and illness before they start.”
“These funds will allow us to bolster public health services to communities and build on successful programs that have helped people lead healthier lives. Today’s investments will help us prevent future health care costs from problems such as tobacco-related illness and substance abuse,” said Pamela Hyde, Administrator of SAMHSA.
A full list of grantees is available online.