From Our Federal Partners: Learn Ways to Multiply the Impact of Your Grant through Partnership with Faith Communities

Learn how the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) faith-government partnership is creating a new community co-investment process through the evidence-based Open Table model.
You can use Open Table to:
  • Partner with the faith community to build an extended system of care.
  • Discuss unmet need to address poverty for persons with behavioral health needs.
  • Train residents to invest their intellectual and social capital in young adults and families.
  • Provide unconditional support for persons who have experienced trauma.
  • Create a sustainable system of care.
Hear from SAMHSA grantees and faith community partners in this webinar who will focus on the intersection of support for those who are experiencing homelessness and the Open Table model of poverty intervention.

Webinar Details:

Date: April 5, 2017
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EDT
Phone Number: 888-928-9713
Web Access: Join the webinar online.
Please invite community partners, stakeholders and coalition members to this informational webinar.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

SAMHSA: $47.5 Million in Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) totaling up to $47.5 million over the course of five years. The program's purpose is to support the development and/or expansion of community infrastructures that integrate behavioral health treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds. 

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. See Section III-1 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PART I for complete eligibility information. 

HOW TO APPLY: SAMHSA's transition to NIH's eRA grants system (eRA Commons) has changed the application registration, submission, and formatting requirements for FOAs. In order to submit an application, you must register in NIH's eRA (electronic Research Administration) Commons in addition to the System for Award Management (SAM) and Please reference PART II very carefully to understand the requirements for applying to SAMHSA grants. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 25, 2017 by 11:59PM (Eastern Time). Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. Please review carefully Section IV- 2 of the FOA PART I for submission requirements. 

Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Valerie Tarantino at (240) 276-1745 or  
For questions on grants management and budget issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or

Source: SAMHSA 

SOAR Symposium - SAVE the DATE!


Behavioral Health Administration's SOAR Symposium 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Meeting House

5885 Robert Oliver Place

Columbia, MD 21045 

Conference Sponsors:
Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
University of Maryland School of Medicine's Training Center

We hope that you will be able to join us for Maryland's SOAR Symposium! The day will provide information about a range of SOAR related topics, including an in-depth presentation by representatives from Disability Determination Services highlighting key aspects of the disability determination process. There will also be opportunities to share ideas and learn from one another.

CEU/COA from the University of Maryland of medicine's Training Center will be awarded at this conference. Conference fee is $55 (includes breakfast, lunch and light refreshments.)

Much more information including how to register to follow. Please mark your calendar. You don't want to miss a very informative and inspiring day!

Contact Person:

Caroline Bolas, Director: SOAR Initiative, Behavioral Health Administration

Tel: 410 402 8350 or