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SAMHSA News Bulletin

Date: 8/12/2009
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA Provides New Information on How Grant Program Allotments are Calculated

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Office Of Applied Studies (OAS) is issuing a new guide providing updated information on the procedures used by that office to calculate allocations for some of the key block  and formula grants the agency administers.  The grant programs addressed in this new guide entitled Block Grants and Formula Grants: A Guide for Allotment Calculations include:

• The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
• The Mental Health Services Block Grant
• Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Formula Grant
• Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Formula Grant

The guide provides a non-technical overview of the new calculation procedures, detailed descriptions of the four sets of formulas, and the data used in the process. Flow charts and other background information are also provided to give a clearer overall understanding of the calculation procedures and how they affect these grant programs.

Copies of the guide can be obtained at

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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