SAMHSA awards $25 million for healthcare IT

By Bernie Monegain
09:20 AM

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will award up to 29 new grants, totaling up to $25 million over three years, to expand use of health information technology to increase access to behavioral health services.
 
The program, announced Oct. 11 will leverage technology to improve access and coordination of the treatment of mental and substance use disorders especially for Americans in remote areas or in underserved populations. The idea is to provide Web-based services, smart phones and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps) to enhance communication between patients and healthcare providers to improve discussions about treatment options and decisions, and better manage health.

[See also: SAMHSA awards $13.2M in HIT grants to 47 community health centers.]
 
“One of the most important advances in medicine is the application of information technology to healthcare,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “Technology now offers substance abuse treatment programs new ways to reach people in need of treatment and recovery support with safe, high-quality care.”

The grant program is part of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Health Information Technology.
 
Each grantee may receive up to $280,000 annually over three-years. The actual amounts may vary, depending on availability of funds and progress achieved by the awardees.
 
The grant recipients are:

Grantees

City

State

Yearly Award

Aliviane, Inc.

El Paso

Texas

$280,000

Centerstone of Indiana

Columbus

Ind.

$280,000

Clinical and Support Options, Inc.

Greenfield

Mass.

$280,000

Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.

Jackson

Ky.

$280,000

Human Services Center

Peoria

Ill.

$279,087

Tarzana Treatment Centers

Tarzana

Calif.

$280,000

Wright State University

Dayton

Ohio

$279,990

Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.

Kirksville

Mont.

$273,738

Odyssey House Louisiana Inc.

New Orleans

La.

$280,000

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System

Chattanooga

Tenn.

$280,000

Health Services Center, Inc.

Anniston

Ala.

$280,000

CETPA

Norcross

Ga.

$280,000

Street Works

Nashville

Tenn.

$280,000

Northern Ohio Recovery Association

Cleveland

Ohio

$280,000

The University of Tennessee

Knoxville

Tenn.

$279, 659

University of KS Medical Ctr Research Institute

Kansas City

Kans.

$280,000

Arapahoe House, Inc.

Thorton

Colo.

$280,000

Loyola Recovery Foundation, Inc.

Pittsford

N.Y.

$273,681

River Edge Behavioral Health Center

Macon

Ga.

$280,000

Aspire Indiana, Inc.

Nobelsville

Ind.

$262,792

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Richmond

Va.

$280,000

WestCare Nevada, Inc.

Las Vegas

Nev.

$280,000

Turning Point

Paterson

N.J.

$279,581

Spectrum Programs, Inc.

Miami

Fla.

$280,000

Advocates, Inc.

Framingham

Mass.

$279,970

Nicasa, NFP

Round Lake

Ill.

$267,882

TASC, Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

$267,881

Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center, Inc.

Konowa

Okla.

$262,579

First Call Alco/Drug Prevention & Recovery

Kansas City

Mo.

$265,927

       

[See also: CDC awards $9.7M contract to ICF International for behavioral surveillance.]

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