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. DBHDS applies to SAMHSA generally biennially for this funding, which for State Fiscal Year 2017 totals $41,979,903. Interested parties can review Virginia's application for SAPTBG funds online at the SAMHSA Block Grant Application System by visiting http://bgas.samhsa.gov. Once at that site, log in using the user name citizenva and the password citizen. To review the application and related reports, click the menu option labeled "Existing Applications," then select "2016-2017 Combined Behavioral Health Application and Plan" from the list that appears. The Plan includes the Commonwealth's application for both SAPTBG funds as well as Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funds. For assistance in accessing or navigating the Block Grant Application System, please contact Rhonda Thissen in the DBHDS Office of Adult Community Behavioral Health by email or phone at 804-786-2316.