Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
Each year, the Commonwealth receives federal funding from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The SAPTBG provides significant resources for the treatment of substance use disorders and addiction, and for the prevention of alcohol, drug and tobacco use among young people. In Virginia, the SAPTBG provides some 45% of funding for these purposes in our public behavioral health system, which for State Fiscal Year 2018 totals $41,979,903.
As the recipient of these federal funds, DBHDS submits an annual plan and application to SAMHSA. The Commonwealth's Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2019 combined application for $8,817,330 in Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funds and $41,889,853 in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds is available for review by clicking this link to a PDF version of the application, which is submitted online through the SAMHSA Web-based Block Grant Application System (BGAS). DBHDS invites review and comment from the public on the application. To submit a comment or to ask questions about the block grants or the draft application, please contact Rhonda Thissen, DBHDS Behavioral Health Program Planner, at Rhonda.Thissen@dbhds.virginia.gov.
A public hearing on the block grant application has been scheduled for Friday, August 25, 2017, from 10 AM to 12 PM in room 1237 of the DBHDS Central Office facility, which is located at 1220 Bank Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23218. The public is encouraged to attend.