Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced $156.5 million in 115 awards over five years to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment services for people with or at risk of HIV.
The awards are targeted to African American, Hispanic/Latino and other racial and ethnic minority communities that have been highly affected by the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
The prevention and treatment grants will be administered by HHS? Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These grants are designed to enhance and expand substance abuse treatment and outreach services, pretreatment, and prevention services in conjunction with HIV/AIDS services in the community.
The total for prevention and treatment grants is $152 million, $37.4 million for prevention and $114.6 million for treatment. First year awards include $7,289,891 for prevention grants and $22,743,927 for treatment grants. Along with these five-year awards, SAMHSA also issued 44 one-year HIV prevention planning grants totaling an additional $4.5 million.
"These grants will help a wide range of providers become familiar with the various issues surrounding substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, and should foster a comprehensive, community-based response to the challenge," Secretary Thompson said.
SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie said: "The current trend in HIV/AIDS shows that a disproportionate number of minorities who live in inner cities are affected by or at risk for contracting HIV.
Often this population is poor, hard to reach through traditional public health methods, and in need of a wide range of health and human services. These grants will help community-based organizations build substance abuse prevention and treatment services and establish networks among substance abuse treatment centers, medical personnel, mental health personnel, and public health professionals to prevent further spread of the disease and to provide high-quality care to infected individuals."
The treatment grants are aimed at localities within states that have an annual AIDS rate of 10 per 100,000 or higher, or communities in metropolitan statistical areas that have an annual AIDS rate of 20 per 100,000 or higher among minority communities. The total for these grants over five years is expected to be $114,620,017.
The 5-year prevention grants are designed to fund efforts by community-based organizations, faith communities, minority-serving colleges and universities, health care delivery organizations and others to provide effective, integrated substance abuse prevention and HIV services in high risk minority communities. The one-year planning grants are designed to help communities begin strategic planning efforts for HIV prevention in areas suffering from addiction problems.