2018-19 Mental Health Block Grant for Public Comment
The Alabama Department of Mental Health is the Single State Agency responsible for receipt and expenditure of the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) in accordance with Federal Regulations promulgated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The SABG is a major source of funding for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support services provided throughout the state by agencies under contract with ADMH. SAMHSA requires each state to maintain an up-to-date plan for expenditure of SABG funds and to submit an annual report of activities conducted specific to these expenditures. In addition, SAMHSA oversees implementation of the Synar Amendment, which requires states to have laws prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to minors. ADMH provides an ongoing opportunity for the public to review and submit comments on the development and implementation of Alabama’s SABG annual plan and report, as well as the annual SYNAR report.
Diane Baugher, Associate Commissioner
Alabama Department of Mental Health
Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
RSA Union Building, Suite 402
100 North Union Street
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
ADMH has been awarded two grants by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address Alabama’s opioid crisis:
The first grant is the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant which was enabled by the 21st Century Cures Act, and is based on Alabama’s opioid death rate and unmet need for opioid addiction treatment.
The second grant awarded is the MAT-PDOA (Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction) grant which will address a targeted capacity expansion. SOR is a state wide initiative whereas MAT-PDOA will target citizens in both Jefferson and Walker Counties because they have a significantly higher opioid overdose and opioid overdose death rate per population. Both grants are dedicated to expansion and enhancing access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder. Some of the goals include: improving public awareness of Alabama's opioid misuse and addiction crisis; increasing available treatment options; increasing the availability of Naloxone in unserved areas of the state; decreasing illicit opioid drug use at six month follow up; and decreasing the use of prescription opioids in a non-prescribed manner at six month follow up.