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Clinics across the nation are now eligible to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants, under a funding opportunity announcement released this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The National Council has long advocated for increased funding for the grant program. We also have been a forceful advocate for expansion of CCBHCs to all 50 states. Not only does the $200 million SAMHSA will make available this year represent a $50 million increase from 2019, the funding is now available to clinics nationwide – an important step toward expanding the CCBHC model across the country.

The CCBHC program supports clinics in expanding access to a comprehensive array of mental health and addiction services in community-based settings, while improving their ability to coordinate care with other health system partners and collect and report on quality metrics.

Clinics applying for Expansion Grants are eligible for two-year grants of up to $2 million per year. Organizations in all 50 states may apply for grants, though priority will be given to clinics in the 24 states that received CCBHC planning grants in 2016.

The National Council will host an informational call to provide more details about CCBHC status, training opportunities, and lessons learned from prior cohorts. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

SAMHSA has established a March 10 deadline for grant applications. Read the official SAMHSA announcement for more information on the program requirements.

Our website includes more information on CCBHCs, which remain among the National Council’s highest priorities.

See our blog for more details.

In communities across Pennsylvania, Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists are helping others access treatment and recovery support services. As people in long-term recovery, peers bring their own unique lived experience and knowledge to help others navigate life outside of a clinical setting. The service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resiliency through mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals to achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered during recovery.


The Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is committed to supporting the training and education of Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists. Very recently, a training and educational opportunity was brought to their attention by the State of Delaware, the Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program.


The Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program is offered in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Weitzman ECHO® for Peer Recovery Specialists is a 12-month education program with sessions occurring twice a month that provides ongoing education and mentoring opportunities and connects Certified Peer Support and Certified Recovery Specialists to a community of peers and subject-matter experts.


It is important to mention that in Delaware the term “Peer Recovery Specialist” is inclusive of both the Pennsylvania mental health peer specialist and substance use disorder recovery specialist peers. So please apply this difference in terminology when reviewing this ECHO program.


The first session is Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please register here.

SAMHSA’s new guide, First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), supports health care providers, systems, and communities to address first-episode psychosis and co-occurring SUDs, particularly in young people. Reducing or stopping substance misuse yields significant improvements in psychotic symptoms, depressive symptoms, and the young person’s ability to lead a meaningful life. This new publication describes relevant research, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers resources for providers. Download the guide here.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published TIP 35: Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. This updated TIP includes the latest evidence on motivation-enhancing approaches and strategies. It describes how SUD treatment providers can use these approaches and strategies to increase participation and retention in SUD treatment. View/download this document here.

Please find the details below regarding the application process for the upcoming Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification courses. These trainings are funded through a Federal SERG Grant; funds may also be used for trainings throughout the Commonwealth.


Pennsylvania has been awarded a Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Emergency Response Grant (SERG) as a response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue last fall. One component of the funding includes expansion of Mental Health First Aid across the Commonwealth. The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) will be hosting instructor certification courses to candidates interested in training in their region. Youth and Adult Certification Courses are three full days with a limit of 16 people per class.  Additional details are included below:

Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course
November 18, 19, and 20, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course
December 10, 11, and 12, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

BHARP – Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania
301 Science Park Road | Suite 308 | State College, PA  16803

Registration:    Interested participants should contact Brandon Bennet by October 14, 2019.


  1. MHFA instructors must submit an application that will be reviewed by the National Council for acceptance.
  2. Once admitted, participants must attend three full days of training and pass a proficiency exam.
  3. Instructors are required to train a minimum of three times per year and log their courses and evaluations on the national website to maintain their certifications.
  4. In addition, participation in this free course includes the expectation to train at least one course to a target population in their area impacted by the Tree of Life tragedy. Course materials will be offered at no cost for these trainings.

The training application is available here.

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(from HHS.gov)

August 22, 2019

Contact: HHS Press Office

HHS 42 CFR Part 2 Proposed Rule Fact Sheet

The 42 CFR part 2 regulations serve to protect patient records created by federally funded programs for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD). SAMHSA is currently proposing to revise part 2, to facilitate better coordination of care for substance use disorders which will also enhance care for opioid use disorder (OUD). These provisions will be an important part of the Federal response to the opioid epidemic, while maintaining part 2 confidentiality protections…
[read full article here]

Today, SAMHSA released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. This data also helps to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups, estimate trends over time, and determine the need for treatment services.

New Publication
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Criminal Justice System: Brief Guidance to the States

The opioid epidemic has significantly penetrated the criminal justice (CJ) system. This brief provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based MAT in CJ settings. By including the CJ system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. In this brief, states are provided an overview of the issue, the challenges to incorporating MAT, key considerations for establishing MAT in CJ settings, and existing standards/guidelines.

Inventory#: PEP19-MATBRIEFCJS  |  Download the Brief Guidance

Contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director, with questions.

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The Implementation Report for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (CMHSBG) is submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) annually to report the outcomes of the grant. The report includes both financial reporting and updates on the priorities set forth in the CMHSBG Application. Changes to the priorities can only be made in the biannual application; the Implementation Report only tracks the progress of those priorities already set. The majority of the Implementation Report requires charts that are submitted separately through the National Research Institute and are not available for review at this time.

The OMHSAS Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Program Development submits the attached sections through the SAMHSA Grant site (WebBGas). Any comments or questions regarding the CMHSBG 2019 Implementation Report may be directed to Wendy Tucker or 717-705-8280.

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On June 14, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced their new State Opioid Response Grant program. Under this new grant, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is eligible to receive $53.3 Million.

The purpose of this grant program is to support evidence-based projects that:

  • Increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder;
  • Target areas in which there are significant geographic or demographic gaps in treating opioid use disorder; and
  • Support expanded prevention efforts and recovery support services.

Given this unique opportunity to significantly improve Pennsylvania’s opioid treatment landscape, DDAP is soliciting large-scale, far-reaching, evidenced-based recommendations for how Pennsylvania can best utilize these funds. To submit a recommendation, please fill out this survey by July 9, 2018.

DDAP is excited to lead Pennsylvania in its efforts to improve opioid use disorder treatment. Your thoughts and comments are key to strengthening our current efforts as well as support initiatives planned for this funding. Please contact Lynn Cooper with any questions.