Funding and Implementation
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA is the federal agency that provides a great deal of behavioral health funding to states and community-based agencies, including the current funding for ATR through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant.
SAMHSA Strategic Initiatives help provide treatment and services for people with mental and substance use disorders, support the families of people with mental and substance use disorders, build strong and supportive communities, prevent costly behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) oversees the substance abuse prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth. Responsibilities include: licensing programs and counselors; funding and monitoring prevention and treatment services; providing access to treatment for the indigent and uninsured; developing and implementing policies and programs; and tracking substance abuse trends in the state.
IMPLEMENTING THE GRANT
Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) serves as the administrative services organization (ASO) for this grant on behalf of DPH/BSAS. AHP, a consulting and research firm specializing in Health and Behavioral Health, offers technical assistance and training, system and program development, resource development and dissemination, and research and evaluation. AHP’s core content areas include mental health policy and services, substance abuse treatment and prevention, co-occurring disorders, workforce development, eHealth, homelessness, housing and employment programs, trauma, domestic violence, and criminal justice. AHP has been the ASO for the Massachusetts ATR program since its inception in the Commonwealth in 2010.