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SAMHSA to Host Consultation on Tribal Block Grant at Upcoming TJSW Session

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) seeks tribal consultation on a newly proposed tribal block grant, the Behavioral Health–Tribal Prevention Grant (BH-TPG), for Fiscal Year 2012. The consultation will occur May 12, 2011, during the Tribal Justice, Safety & Wellness conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The conference agenda is available online at: http://www.tribaljusticesafetywellness.org/agenda.cfm 

The BH-TPG is the first non-competitive block grant SAMHSA has proposed for tribal recipients and seeks to fund a “basic” award of $50,000 to each tribal applicant.  A brief description of the program can be found here.  Tribal consulation is requested on the following areas:

  • -          Grant Program Design – This includes whether the BH-TPH should contain tribal match requirements; whether success measurements should utilize evidence-based practices or practice-based evidence; whether the BH-TPG should allow for consortiums with other tribes and/or non-profit health organizations; as well as other pertinent design details.
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  • -          Distribution Formula for Additional Funding Allocations – SAMHSA plans to make additional funding available above the “basic” award amount, but seeks tribal input on what type of distribution formula to use for the additional funding.
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  • -          Finally, SAMHSA seeks input from tribes on how states should consult with tribes under the State Block Grant Program.  On April 11, 2011, SAMHSA published notice in the Federal Register (click here for official notice) regarding changes to its state block grant programs. Under the new framework, the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant will be combined into one grant application beginning FY 2012-2013. Also, pertaining to tribes, state grant applicants are requested to describe how they consulted with tribes, and how tribal concerns were met, in developing state block grant plans. The purpose of this request is to encourage states to incorporate tribes within their mental health and substance abuse block grant plans and/or discussions.
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  • ACTION ALERT:
  • On April 6, the House Budget Committee passed an FY 2012 Budget Resolution that contains no funding for the Behavioral Health–Tribal Prevention Grant Program. NCAI urges tribes to contact their leaders in Congress and ask them to fully fund the BH-TPG Program.  

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