SAMHSA Headlines: May is Mental Health Month!

May is Mental Health Month!

SAMHSA is observing Mental Health Month in several exciting ways—

4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium—May 6, 2021

The symposium is hosted by the National Council on Aging and cosponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This virtual event will provide professionals with the latest tools to improve the lives of older adults in their communities.

National Prevention Week—May 9, 2021–May 15, 2021

NPW is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use prevention and the promotion of positive mental health.

Suicide Prevention Panel—May 14, 2021

SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center and New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center partner to bring you this webinar on suicide prevention. Learn from experts about the latest research and evidence-based approaches for suicide prevention.

Blog: There are ways you can intervene to help prevent someone from acting on thoughts of suicide

Suicide is largely a preventable cause of death, and you are more able to help prevent it than you might think.

New Publication: Routine Administration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis as the Standard of Care for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Psychosis

This guide provides mental health decision-makers (e.g., state/local mental health directors, treatment facility clinical directors, and other stakeholders) with rationale and evidence to support the widespread expansion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) across mental health systems.


First Responders—Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grants

Application Due Date: Monday, May 17, 2021

SAMHSA is accepting applications for First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grants (FR-CARA). The purpose of this program is to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will train and provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and local governmental levels on carrying and administering a drug or devices approved or cleared under the FD&C Act for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will also establish processes, protocols, mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs

SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 15–20 awards of up to $250,000–$800,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant Program

Application Due Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) grant program. The purpose of this program is to enable community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders, referred to as co-occurring disorder (COD).

SAMHSA plans to issue approximately 165–825 awards of up to $500,000–$2,500,000 per year for up to 2 years.

National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants (TTA‑CCBHC). The purpose of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to active SAMHSA CCBHC Expansion (CCBHC-E) grants in the following domains:

  1. implementation and adherence to the CCBHC model;
  2. utilization and integration of evidence-based services in CCBHC-E grant programs; and
  3. sustainability and alignment of practices with CCBHC and/or state certification criteria.

SAMHSA plans to issue 1 award of up to $3,000,000 per year for up to 5 years.

COVID-19 Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients

SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. These flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period. Continue to check for updated information and resources to assist grant recipients during the COVID-19 emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to COVID-19 for SAMHSA Grant Recipients

These FAQs address general questions associated with the award and management of SAMHSA discretionary grants that may arise in relation to COVID-19. This information does not apply to SABG, MHBG, PATH, or PAIMI grants. Applicants and grant recipients are strongly encouraged to continue to check for updated information and resources.

Training & Events

Training and events are available for practitioners through SAMHSA’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Visit SAMHSA’s Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

SAMHSA Headlines offers you a biweekly update of selected upcoming trainings and webinars. However, for a broader range of activities, visit this website, as well as the training sections of individual technical assistance center websites.

Selected events are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration.

Note: If you are unable to access an event or webinar or have questions, please contact the source given at the individual event URL

Schizophrenia: Are We Ready for a Name Change?—Webinar

Friday, May 7, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET

The participants will receive an overview of the current concept of what is called Schizophrenia.

The limitations of the current name Schizophrenia as an appropriate title for this illness will be reviewed. Several alternative names to Schizophrenia will be listed along with results of a recent survey by our group, followed by discussion.

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Serious Mental Illness—Webinar

Friday, May 7, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a relatively new and promising evidence-based approach to the treatment of severe mental illness such as schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and major depression with psychotic features. While medications have traditionally been the treatment of choice for persons with symptoms of psychosis, they are frequently not enough. ACT can be integrated or used adjunctively with the interdisciplinary treatment modes commonly used in inpatient and outpatient settings. ACT for psychosis does not directly target reduction of psychosis symptoms; rather, ACT aims to improve the ability to cope with psychotic symptoms and to reduce distress associated with psychotic symptoms.

Treatment of the Opioid-dependent Chronic Pain Patient—Virtual Roundtable

Friday, May 7, 2021 5:00 p.m. ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal “round table” conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Strengthening School Communities for a Safe, Supportive Return: A Listening and Learning Session—Webinar

Monday, May 10, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Although a variety of in-person, virtual, and hybrid learning has occurred throughout the Southeast and the United States this school year, many schools are still shifting between learning models and/or starting to return to in-person learning. This Virtual Listening and Learning Session is designed to support school and district leaders, educators, student support personnel and other professionals to promote safe, supporting learning environments during these transitions. Following brief didactic information on best practices for school programming during COVID and other community-wide adversities, we will facilitate open discussion of strategies being put into place right now in the Southeast.

Part 1- We Are Not the Same: Understanding the Impact of COVID and Social Injustices on the Diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities—Virtual Roundtable

Monday, May 10, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET

Learn what it means to be part of the AA, NH & PI communities, how each community self-identifies, unique strengths and challenges, and different mental health and social inequities associated with the COVID pandemic. Part II Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Self-Care and Healing will take place Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:00 p.m. ET.

Technology-Based Supervision, Extending the Reach of Clinical Supervisors (Two-part video-conference via Zoom)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:00 a.m. ET & Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:00 a.m. ET

Ready or not, we are now living with online service delivery. Supervisors and the supervision they provide are especially critical at this time. This practical and interactive learning-community conversation provides guidance for preparing and maximizing the impact of online supervision. This conversation assumes prior supervisory training and/or experience.

988 – National Helpline for Mental Health Emergencies—Webinar

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:00 p.m. ET

A national three-digit 988 behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis hotline is probably the most significant public policy initiative impacting behavioral healthcare since Medicaid expansion. This presentation discusses the upcoming 988 call as a critical alternative to calling 911 for mental health crisis situations and key strategy for justice diversion.

Understanding Urine Drug Screens—Virtual Roundtable

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:00 p.m. ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal “round table” conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

The Double Burden: Covid-19 and Opioid Deaths—Webinar

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Before the U.S. entered the COVID-19 pandemic, it has long suffered the epidemic of opioid deaths. This webinar will address the impact of COVID-19 on individuals who misuse opioids and how the sudden change in everyday life increases their usage. It will explore how the pandemic has exacerbated mental instability and caused interruptions in potential treatment for people who misuse opioids. In addition, the webinar will present methods and resources to mitigate the risk of opioid deaths associated with vulnerable populations.

Changing the Conversation About Pain: The Role of Peer Support and Pain Education in the Integrated Primary Care Team in Pain Treatment—Webinar

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:30 p.m. ET

New understanding about pain is beginning to shift pain care itself. Evidence indicates that patient and clinician knowledge of pain science can move those receiving services toward self-care and supports a more positive conversation about opioid tapers as well. This presentation will explore the use of Oregon State tools and resources for clinician and patient pain education to develop a biopsychosocial-oriented pain care treatment plan.

Mental Health Assessments for Unaccompanied Minors in the United States—Webinar

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

This is a free web panel for non-clinicians, case managers, clinical supervisors, health providers, program directors, administrators, and personnel who provide post-release services to unaccompanied minors. It will focus on key aspects of mental health assessment strategies for unaccompanied minors in the United States, introduce participants to a definition of assessment, and provide an overview of best practices for cross-cultural assessment.

Prevention in Action Panel: Prevention in the Era of Commercial Cannabis—Webinar

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

Three of the six New England states have legalized adult-use cannabis, which has paved the way for commercial cannabis industries in these states. Meanwhile, other New England states are contemplating joining the ranks. How do we need to shift cannabis prevention strategies in an era of commercial cannabis? Join us for a panel of prevention professionals from legalized New England states to learn how they have approached cannabis prevention in this new environment.

Central Nervous System Effects of COVID-19: An Evolving Science—Webinar

Thursday, May 13, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

COVID-19 is a novel virus. Over these months of the pandemic, examples of persistent central nervous system-mediated disease and disability have been identified. Many of these individuals will find their way to behavioral health offices in need of medical care, emotional support and understanding of unusual syndromes weeks to months after “recovery” from COVID-19. This presentation will provide the tools necessary to offer comprehensive care to this population.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Equity—Webinar

Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

By developing Latino cultural competence, services that are respectful of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices, cultural and linguistic needs of diverse students and families can be effectively delivered. This one and a half-hour online session discusses the use of Culturally Modified-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CM-TFT). CM-TFT is an Evidence-Based Therapy proven to be effective for Hispanic and Latino children and adolescents who experienced traumatic events.

What’s New in Opioids, Mental Health, HIV & STIs—Virtual Conference

Friday, May 14, 2021 8:15 a.m. ET & Friday, May 21, 2021 8:15 a.m. ET

This two-part conference will focus on the integration efforts that support a collaborative healthcare approach. Current medical updates in services for STIs, HIV, TB, hepatitis, family planning and addictions will be discussed. After completing this conference, the learner should be able to:

  1. State current practice in the care and treatment of STDs, HIV, opioid addictions and mental health;
  2. Explain how to screen clients for substance abuse issues;
  3. Identify Population at risk for HIV/STIs/Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder; and
  4. Demonstrate effective team skills by sharing information effectively, listening and responding to feedback from others, and using simple communication.

I’ve Screened, Now What? Perinatal Depression Screening and Response—Webinar

Monday, May 17, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Screening for depression symptoms without established plans for follow-up interventions can create challenges and anxiety for providers working in a variety of settings. This training will review best practices when screening perinatal populations for depression, and when needed, how to implement a team-based response to patients expressing thoughts of suicide. This session will also examine unique barriers experienced by perinatal persons when seeking care and discuss the importance of referral pathways for connecting individuals to care.

Mental Health Service Providers Mutual Support Group—Online Group

Monday, May 17, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

This one-hour virtual support group session offer service providers an opportunity to share experiences, exchange resources, develop skills, and provide and receive mutual support during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Many of you have developed unique strategies for meeting the needs of service participants over the course of the year, but you may still be struggling with maintaining your own wellness and self-care. This group meets the third Monday of each month. Upcoming meetings include 6/21; 7/19; 8/16; 9/20.

Session 2 of The Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant Students, Families and Community Partners: Fronterismo – Supporting Transborder School Mental Health

Monday, May 17, 2021 6:00 p.m. ET

Transborder students, like immigrant children, often live in the shadows. Their lives are complex, and navigating some of the busiest ports of entry in the world while balancing not being seen and at the same time being successful in school, can take a toll. This webinar addresses common school mental health challenges and celebrations of immigrant, mixed status, and transborder students. Together, we explore how to develop environments in schools that are trauma sensitive and reinforce sustainable systems of support via a cultural lens of the transborder and immigrant experience, while taking into consideration the challenges that have been exacerbated through COVID-19 and distance learning.

Understanding and Engaging Latinos of Caribbean Descent in Mental Health Treatment—Webinar

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:30 p.m. ET

This online session will provide information on the Hispanic and Latino Caribbean population and their specific mental health needs. In this workshop, we present the similarities and differences among the Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican cultures. Language, traditions and customs, cultural values, spirituality, and the social, historical, and political context that led them to migrate to the United States will be discussed. The presentation will address the intersection of these factors with mental health and mental health treatment among Latinos of Caribbean descent.

Telehealth for Early-Stage Psychosis: COVID-19 and Beyond—Webinar

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted how mental health services are provided worldwide, leading many providers to adapt their traditional in-person services by implementing telehealth services (e.g., via videoconferencing platforms). However, little is known about the effectiveness of telehealth services for youth in the early stages of psychosis — young people experiencing subthreshold or initial, full symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, disorganization, etc. This webinar will cover telehealth considerations for youth in the early stages of psychosis during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Related and complementary interventions for this group, including smartphone apps and other virtual interventions, will also be discussed.

Understanding and Treating Mental Illness in the Context of Asian Cultures and Anti-Asian Racism—Webinar

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For many Asian Americans, Asian cultures have shaped their explanatory models of health including mental health. In this event, the presenter will provide a brief analysis on how Asian religious and philosophical traditions affect the understanding, clinical manifestation, and treatment-seeking behaviors of mental illness. In addition, the mental health toll of anti-Asian racism and being a “model minority” will be presented. During the second part of the event, the presenter will lead a clinically oriented discussion to address the barriers to improve mental health care for Asian Americans.

Family Peer Support: How Families Can Foster Independence: Housing—Webinar

Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

Families of persons with serious mental illness play an important role in the lives of their loved ones. In addition to being caring siblings, parents or spouses, they often function as caregivers and can be an asset to any mental health team to ensure optimal benefit of treatment. A new workforce is emerging to support these families. Family peer support workers are persons with a lived experience trained to provide support to other family members who are caring for a person with a serious mental illness. Presenters will demonstrate ways in which family peer support empowers families to support their loved one’s desire to live independently.

Matching Supports and Accommodations to Functional Implications of Mental Health Conditions—Webinar

Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET

Attendees will define reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, attendees will apply supports and accommodations based on the functional implications related to the mental health condition. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the resources available to help with identifying and requesting a reasonable accommodation.

Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities—Virtual Training

Friday, May 21, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

These monthly trainings will cover topics such as crisis response, creating safe spaces to heal, sexual assault awareness, youth engagement, food sovereignty, etc. We will be sharing resources, and encourage peer support among participants. Trainings are held monthly, with upcoming trainings on Jun 18, 2021; July 16, 2021; Aug 20, 2021; Sep 17, 2021; Oct 15, 2021; Nov 19, 2021; and Dec 17, 2021.


HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people.

Prevention Core Competencies

These prevention core competencies and accompanying knowledge, skills, and abilities offer professional direction to the prevention field, affecting staff development and career ladders and pipelines, and providing guidance for training programs and service delivery qualification.

Resources for Older Adults

SAMHSA has a number of products for serving older adults with mental and substance use disorders that can be useful to clinicians, other service providers, older adults, and caregivers.

Community Education Group Issues New Report Warning of Addiction/Hepatitis/HIV Syndemic in West Virginia

LOST RIVER, W.Va. (May 3, 2021) – A new report issued by the Community Education Group (CEG) details what the organization calls a “syndemic” of Substance Use Disorder, Viral Hepatitis, and HIV that constitutes a grave and ongoing threat to public health in West Virginia.

The report, entitled Deconstructing Silos in West Virginia: Breaking Down Barriers Between HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and Viral Hepatitis Care, describes how misguided policies and gaps in infrastructure are leaving multiple West Virginia counties vulnerable to outbreaks of Hepatitis and HIV, largely driven by the state’s opioid addiction crisis. West Virginia leads the nation in Viral Hepatitis diagnoses, and new HIV diagnoses have been increasing since 2017.

The document lays out steps for reversing these trends, such as improving access to testing and treatment and making sure infected and at-risk patients are referred to the appropriate care and services.

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West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute Launches Online Naloxone Training

Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) has launched an online naloxone training course. Anyone throughout West Virginia is invited to participate in the training. Upon
completion of this online course, participants will be mailed a training certificate and two doses of auto-
injector naloxone free of charge.

Naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, is available in West Virginia through a standing order issued
by the State Health Officer, Dr. Ayne Amjad, or through area pharmacies without a prescription.
Recently, new legislation expanded the ability for certain non-profits and community organizations to
distribute naloxone to the community under Dr. Amjad’s standing order.

“Naloxone is a life-saving drug that we must continue to offer our loved ones and community members who are suffering from substance abuse disorder. We appreciate WV DII’s efforts to expand education around this life-saving intervention, especially in light of the tragic increase in overdose deaths,” said Dr.
Matthew Christensen, Director of the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy. “Recovery happens
every day and, in many instances, naloxone makes that possible.”

“While online (Zoom) trainings and face-to-face trainings are held throughout the state, the WV DII
wanted to create an opportunity for West Virginians to get trained on proper naloxone use and overdose
response immediately by creating an on-demand online course that can be accessed anytime and from any
computer,” explained WV DII President, Dr. Susan Bissett.
West Virginia experienced a 45% increase in the number of overdose deaths in 2020. In fact, according to
a report released by the United States National Office of Drug Control Policy last month, more West
Virginians died of drug overdoses last year than in any previous year on record—an estimated 1,275
deaths in 2020.
Media inquiries can be directed to the Institute’s President, Dr. Susan Bissett at: or
(304) 941-4182. To participate in the training visit:

The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in
Charleston. The Institute’s mission is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction.

Join Us! May 19, 2021 – Online Event

The State Rural Health Associations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia have teamed up to gather ideas and resources for addressing the opioid crisis and other Substance Use Disorders in the Appalachian Region.

We will be hosting the Appalachian Communities Opioid Response Summit on May 19th.

Registration:  Register here for just $15

This will be your opportunity to (virtually) learn from experts in the field, hold discussions about specific topics related to Substance Use Disorders and meet other stakeholders in the region.


9:00-9:15     Welcome and Introductions

9:15-10:00   Tools and Resources
– Michael Meit, ETSU Center for Rural Health Research

10:00 – 10:15  shift to breakout sessions

10:15-11:15     Breakout Session #1

11:15-12:15     Psychostimulants – New Risks, New Treatments
– Richard Rawson, Ph.D., Vermont Center for Behavior and Health

12:15-1:00      Break

1:00 – 2:00     Sustainability
– Pam Baston, JBS International

2:00 – 2:15      shift to breakout sessions

2:00 – 3:00     Breakout Session #2

3:00 – 3:15      shift to state conversations

3:15 – 5:00      Breakout Session #3 – State Conversations

Registration:  Register here for just $15

Strategic Planning Mini-Grants: Did you know ACOR has funds available for local Substance Use Disorder Coalitions to engage in strategic planning?  Whether you are just a small group of concerned citizens that want to do more or a large organization with full-time staff, this is an opportunity for you to plan your future impact. 

Details and application forms

FORHP Announcements – April 1

April 1, 2021

What’s New

American Rescue Plan Includes $6 Billion for CHCsThe sweeping, nationwide plan to recover from the pandemic will invest more than $6 billion in underserved and rural areas through Community Health Centers (CHCs). More than 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and more than 60 percent are racial or ethnic minorities.

Volunteer to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has expanded its definition of persons authorized to give the vaccine.  These include, among others, current and retired traditional and non-traditional health care professionals, and students in health care programs.

HHS: Special Enrollment Period for Health Coverage EXTENDEDLast week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the special enrollment period for qualified individuals and families to purchase health insurance in states served by the platform has been extended to August 15.  Some states run their own health insurance enrollment websites and may or may not make a similar offer.  Enter your zip code to find local help. 

CHART Model’s ACO Track RFA Delayed to Spring 2022.  This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the release of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Transformation Track Request for Applications (RFA) is delayed until spring 2022. The CHART Model aims to help rural communities transform their health care delivery systems. This delay applies only to the ACO Transformation Track.  Applications for the CHART Community Transformation Track are due by May 11, 2021.

HHS Reports on Risk of COVID-19 Infections in Fee-For-Service Medicare.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services points to several factors raising the risk of infections, hospitalization, and deaths. These risks vary across the country, with some geographic areas having higher concentrations of at-risk beneficiaries. This issue brief provides information on risk scores at the national, state, and county level, and includes a database of risk scores by county.

COMING SOON: Emergency Broadband Benefit ProgramThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will make $3.2 billion available to qualifying households to lower the cost of high-speed internet service, providing discounts on internet service bills and an opportunity for a computer or tablet. The EBB program is similar to the Lifeline program with expanded eligibility, vendors, and subsidies.  We encourage you to develop a plan now to support patients to apply promptly after the application period is announced by the end of April; funds are expected to go quickly.

Funding and Opportunities

DOJ Services for Victims of Human Trafficking – Extended to April 16.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 27 awards of up to $800,000 each, for direct services to victims of human trafficking.  Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments, public housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations, with priority given to rural areas. A separate but related funding notice, DOJ Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking – Extended to April 16, will invest $15 million in 25 awards for programs that provide transitional housing and financial assistance.

Pre-Admissions Workshops for AI/AN Students in Health Professions Training/Schools – April 23.  The National Center for American Indian Health Professions helps American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) prepare for application to medical school or other advanced health professions program.  Selected students must be current high school seniors (18 years or older), current community college or undergraduate students, or recent college graduates.

Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs for the NHSC – May 6.  National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs received an increase of $800 million in funding as part of the American Rescue Plan for pandemic relief (see What’s New above). This additional funding will support the largest number of NHSC clinicians in the program’s history. There is one application for working health professionals to apply to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program.  The NHSC Scholarship Program, which is for eligible medical, dental and nursing students in any year of training, provides up to four years of scholar support.   Applications for all programs are due on May 6.

SAMHSA Overdose Treatments for Use by First Responders – May 17.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make up to 20 awards with total funding of $7.9 million to help first responders administer a drug or device for emergency reversal of opioid overdose.  Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments and tribal organizations.

Rural Health Research

Research in this section is provided by the HRSA/FORHP-supported Rural Health Research Gateway.  Sign up to receive alerts when new publications become available. 

Post-acute Care Trajectories for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Planned versus Actual Hospital Discharges to Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health Agencies. Post-acute care services are designed to help patients transition from hospitalization in acute care facilities to their homes. Skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies provide the majority of post-acute care services to Medicare beneficiaries. This study from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center used Medicare administrative data for rural, fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries to describe post-acute care trajectories following acute hospitalization and examine differences between planned discharge disposition from the hospital and actual post-acute care received.

Policy Updates

Visit the FORHP Policy page to see all recent updates and send questions to

CMS Guidance to Resume Hospital Survey ActivitiesAs of March 23, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is lifting the suspension on hospital survey activities, which was put in place due to the public health emergency.  Non-immediate jeopardy complaints received during the suspension period will be investigated within 45 days of the memo’s release.  Hospitals with surveys that ended after January 20, 2021 will have 10 days from the memo’s release to develop plans of correction, unless an extension is requested.

Updated Guidance on Emergency Preparedness RequirementsOn March 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance interpreting the emergency preparedness requirements in the Burden Reduction Final Rule of 2019, which applies to all providers and suppliers.  In response to the public health emergency, the guidance also provides best practices, lessons learned, and planning considerations for emerging infectious diseases.

Learning Events and Technical Assistance

HRSA Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust for Patients – Wednesday, April 7 at 1:00 pm ET. The Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites clinicians, grantees, students, and the public at large to the Clinical Leaders Forum webinar: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust for Community Health Center Patients.

ASTHO Tackling Inequities in Digital Care Webinar – Monday, April 12 at 2:00 pm ET.  The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will hold a 90-minute webinar to present innovations that improve digital equity and potentially lower disparities.

NHLBI: Disease Management Tools for the Underserved – Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00 am.  The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is hosting a two-day virtual workshop to discuss barriers to—and opportunities for—improving heart, lung, blood, and sleep health in underserved communities. Participants will discuss how to tailor health monitoring devices and tools that diagnose patients in underserved, low-resource, and remote communities.

NTIA Series on Broadband Grant Programs – Wednesday, April 14 at 2:30 pm ET.  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will hold a series of webinars in connection with three new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: The Broadband Infrastructure Program, the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and the Connecting Minority Communities Program. The webinars, taking place April – July, are designed to help applicants prepare high quality grant applications.

HRSA: Expanding Rural OUD Treatment via Telehealth – Thursday, April 15 at 12:00 pm ET.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a one-hour session to highlight innovative telehealth for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas.

Rural Community Health Workers for COVID-19 – Thursday, April 15 at 1:00 pm ET.  The National Rural Health Association (NRHA), in partnership with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), will host an hour-long webinar featuring Dr. John Brooks, Medical Epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See more about rural Community Health Workers below under Resources of the Week.

Resource of the Week

Opioid and Substance Use Strategies for CAHs. The HRSA/FORHP-funded Flex Monitoring Team has released their archived webinar on opioid and substance use in rural communities.  The webinar took place in February to accompany a policy brief published last year.  The webinar discusses why Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) should address these issues, provides a framework to support them in this work, and provides examples of activities CAHs are participating in.

Approaching Deadlines

DOJ Violence Against Women Grants to Indian Tribal Governments – April 7

HRSA Behavioral Workforce Education and Training Program for Paraprofessionals – April 12

HRSA Grants for RCORP – Psychostimulant Support – April 12

CMS Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model (CHART) – Letters of Intent (Optional) April 13

DOJ Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program – April 13

DOJ Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women – Extended to April 13  (from March 16)

NIH Community COPD Awareness – April 14

Information Requested: NIH Improving the Mental Health of Rural People – April 15

DOJ Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking – Extended to April 16 (from March 1) 

DOJ Services for Victims of Human Trafficking – Extended to April 16 (from March 2)  

SAMHSA SBIRT Program for Substance Use Disorder – April 19

HHS Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 – April 20

Pre-Admissions Workshops for AI/AN Students in Health Professions Training/Schools – April 23

CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Surveillance – April 25

DOJ Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants – April 26

DOL Grants for State Apprenticeship Programs – April 26

DOL Young Adult Reentry Partnership – April 26

SAMHSA: MAT for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction – April 27

USDA Rural Health and Safety Education Grants – April 29

CMS Primary Care First Model Cohort 2 – April 30

Delta Region Innovative Readiness Training Medical Missions – Letters of Intent April 30

NIH Firearm Injury/Mortality Prevention Research – April 30

CDC Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives – May 1

John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Scholarship – May 1

CDC National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities – May 3

NIH Small Business Innovations for Improving Minority Health – May 3

HUD Older Adults Home Modification Grants – May 4

NHSC Loan Repayment Program – May 6

NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program – May 6

NHSC Scholarship Program – May 6

NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program – May 6

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program – May 6

NIH Research for End-of-Life and Palliative Care Health Literacy – May 7

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving – May 7

Treasury Department Emergency Capital Investment Program – May 7

ACL Alzheimer’s Disease Program Grants to States and Communities – Extended to May 10 (from April 26)

CDC Drug Free Communities – May 10

CMS Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model (CHART) – Extended to May 11 (from March 16)

Enhancement Grants for Native American Library Services – May 11

EPA Technical Assistance for Wastewater Treatment – May 17

SAMHSA Overdose Treatment for Use by First Responders – May 17

Comments Requested:  Proposed Changes to the Census Bureau Definition of Urban – May 20

CMS Minority Research Grant Program – June 11

USDA Summer Food Service Program – June 15

Special Enrollment Period for Health Coverage – Extended to August 15 (from May 15)

Ongoing Opportunities

Extended Public Comment Period for FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

AHRQ Research to Improve Patient Transitions through HITDecember 2022

American Indian Public Health Resource Center Technical Assistance

ASA Rural Access to Anesthesia Care Scholarship

CDC Direct Assistance to State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Health Agencies

CDC Training Pediatric Medical Providers to Recognize ACEs

Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program

Department of Commerce: Economic Development Assistance Programs

Department of Labor Dislocated Worker Grants

Department of Labor Stand Down Grants for Veterans Services – through December 2021

DRA Technical Assistance for Delta Region Community Health Systems Development

EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program – Public Comments Requested

GPHC & RWJF: Rapid Cycle Research and Evaluation Grants for Cross-Sector Alignment

Housing Assistance Council: Housing Loans for Low-Income Rural Communities

HUD Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program

IHS Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training

IHS/DOD Medical Supplies and Equipment for Tribes (Project TRANSAM)

NARHC Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional Course

NIH Practice-Based Research for Mental Health Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care SettingsJuly 1, 2021 (Letters of Intent June 1)

NIH Research to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes Through HIT – July 17, 2021

NIH Research for AI/AN End-of-Life CareJanuary 8, 2022

NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in HealthMay 2022

NIH Research – Alcohol and Other Substance Use – Various Dates Through August 2022

NIH Research on Minority Health/Health DisparitiesSeptember 8, 2022

NIH Research on Palliative Care in Home/Community Settings – September 8, 2022

NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health – Various Dates Until September 2023

Nominations for Federal Advisory Commission on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Nominations for National Advisory Committee on Migrant Health

Opportunity Zones for Economic Development

Primary Care Development Corporation Community Investment Loans

Rural Graduate Medical Education Planning and Development

RWJF Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

RWJF Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals

SBA Guaranteed Loans for Small Business

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Loans

Tribal Grant Writing Training

USDA Community Facilities Program

USDA Community Food Projects Technical Assistance

USDA Drinking Water and Waste Disposal for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages

USDA Economic Impact Initiative Grants

USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

USDA Guaranteed Loans for Rural Rental Housing – through 2021

USDA Intermediary Relending Program

USDA Rural Business Development Grants

USDA Rural Business Investment Program

USDA Rural Energy Savings Program

USDA Summer Food Program

USDA Technical Assistance for Healthy Food Financing Initiative

USDA Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans

USDA Funding for Rural Water and Waste Disposal Projects

USDOT Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S)

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