SAMHSA Announces $30M Harm Reduction Grant Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it has launched a first-ever SAMHSA Harm Reduction Grant Program with up to $30 million anticipated to be awarded nationwide. The funding, authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), aims to increase access to a range of community harm reduction service providers as they work to prevent overdose deaths and reduce health risks associated with drug use. SAMHSA is accepting grant applications from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, tribal organizations, non-profit community-based organizations, and primary and behavioral health organizations.

The funding announcement comes as overdose deaths have exceeded 100,000 over a 12-month period for the first time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) earlier this fall issued a renewed overdose prevention strategy that seeks to reduce harms and control the spread of infectious diseases.

SAMHSA will distribute $10 million per year over the next three years. Grant recipients must use the funding to support harm reduction services, including but not limited to the provision of sterile syringes, safe sex kits, prevention education about synthetic opioids or other substances, overdose prevention kits, peer worker engagement, medical services, case management, and referral to treatment.

Additional information about the harm reduction funding opportunity is available here.