• Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $1,000,000/year for 5 years – GRANT SUBMITTED MARCH 9, 2018 (Announcements expected by September 30, 2018)
  • Targeted Areas: East Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parishes due to high percentages of homeless with a serious mental illness.


The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of the local implementation of an infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorder (i.e., a serious mental illness [SMI] and substance use disorder [SUD] or a serious emotional disturbance [SED] and SUD who are experiencing homelessness.

The goal of this program is to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services, peer support and other recovery support services, and linkages to sustainable permanent housing.  To achieve this goal, SAMHSA will support three types of activities:  (1) integrated behavioral health treatment and other recovery-oriented services; (2) efforts to engage and connect clients to enrollment resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits (e.g. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), etc.); and (3) coordination of housing and services that support sustainable permanent housing.

Contacts: Charlene Gradney, Principal Investigator charlene.gradney@la.gov

  Marisa Marino, Grants Management Coordinator marisa.marino@la.gov