$53M in Serious Mental Illness Outpatient Grants

SAMHSA will provide grants to outpatient programs that help those with serious mental illness and reduce hospitalizations, homelessness and incarcerations.


SAMHSA will provide grants to outpatient programs that help those with serious mental illness and reduce hospitalizations, homelessness and incarcerations.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the $53 million Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Grant Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) through June 16.

SAMHSA will fund as many as 15 grantees with up to $1 million each year for up to four years to improve health and social outcomes of SMI individuals, depending on available funds.

The AOT grant program is a four-year pilot that will implement and evaluate new programs that identify evidence-based practices that reduce psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness, incarcerations and general interactions with the criminal justice system.

Eligible applicants include counties, cities and mental health systems with existing SMI services, such as:

  • Assertive community treatment
  • Mobile crisis teams
  • Supportive housing
  • Supported employment
  • Peer supports
  • Case management
  • Outpatient psychotherapy services
  • Medication management
  • Trauma informed care

To apply, visit Grants.gov and SAMHSA website to download the required documents and apply at Grants.gov.

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