Each year, Arkansas receives funds from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address problems related to substance use.
By law, states are required to use at least 20% of these funds for primary prevention programs. These are programs targeted to individuals who do not require treatment for substance use disorders.
The Department of Human Services Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) oversees the administration and distribution of these prevention funds across a number of programs. Some have a statewide reach, while others target specific counties or communities.
DAABHS funds three types of projects.
Some Arkansas communities are disproportionately affected by substance use. Thus, DAABHS prioritizes projects that address disparities in health literacy and access to health resources. Expected outcomes from all DAABHS projects are to:
DAABHS partners with organizations that possess the expertise and capacity to implement and evaluate innovative prevention programs on a large scale. We contract with each of these organizations using the subsets of SAMHSA funding described below.
Funding Source: State Opioid Response III
Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, First Responders Compressive Addiction and Recovery Act
Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, Substance Abuse Block Grant, Partnership for Success
Funding Source: First Responders Compressive Addiction and Recovery Act
Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, Partnership for Success
Funding Sources: Partnership for Success, Substance Abuse Block Grant