Our Grant Funding

Federals funds used for state and local prevention

Federal Funds from SAMHSA

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 Priorities

DAABHS funds three types of projects.

  1. Direct service evidence-based prevention programming for parents and families
  2. Direct service evidence-based prevention programming for youth
  3. Community-based environmental prevention strategies targeting community-level change

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:

  • Maintain and expand a comprehensive system of prevention services that are community-driven, strategically focused, research-based, and culturally relevant to Arkansas individuals, families, and communities
  • Reduce the incidence of problems related to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

Prevention Partners

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.

UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, Opioid Prevention for Aging and Longevity (OPAL)

Funding Source: State Opioid Response III

University of Arkansas, Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)

Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, First Responders Compressive Addiction and Recovery Act

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, MidSOUTH

Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, Substance Abuse Block Grant, Partnership for Success

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Funding Source: First Responders Compressive Addiction and Recovery Act

Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC)

Funding Sources: State Opioid Response III, Partnership for Success

Arkansas Prevention Services

Funding Sources: Partnership for Success, Substance Abuse Block Grant

Community Advocacy Research & Evaluation Consulting Group, Inc. (CARECG)

Funding Sources: Substance Abuse Block Grant, Partnerships for Success