Block Grants for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

To provide financial assistance to States and Territories to support projects for the development and implementation of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation activities directed to the diseases of alcohol and drug abuse.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Samoa Government $ 125,000   2021-09-012025-09-30
Virgin Islands Dept Of Health Group $ 125,000   2021-09-012025-09-30
Human Services, Minnesota Department Of $ 671,803   2021-09-012025-09-30
Commonwealth Of Massachusetts $ 1,120,601   2021-09-012025-09-30
Children & Families, Florida Department Of $ 3,058,139   2021-09-012025-09-30
Health And Welfare, Idaho Department Of $ 0   2021-09-012025-09-30
Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona $ 1,392,949   2021-09-012025-09-30
Health And Social Services, Alaska Department Of $ 125,000   2021-09-012025-09-30
Mental Health And Addiction Services, Connecticut Department Of $ 526,027   2021-09-012025-09-30
Indiana Family And Social Services Administration $ 882,589   2021-09-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 60 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: 60 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2018: It is estimated 60 awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used at the discretion of the States to achieve the statutory objectives, including the fulfillment of certain requirements.

Not less than 20 percent of the funds shall be spent for programs for individuals who do not require treatment for substance abuse, but to educate and counsel such individuals and to provide for activities to reduce the risk of such abuse by the individuals by developing community-based strategies for prevention of such abuse, including the use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products by individuals to whom it is unlawful to sell or distribute such beverages or products.

States shall expend not less than 5 percent of the grant to increase (relative to fiscal year 1994) the availability of treatment services designed for pregnant women and women with dependent children (either by establishing new programs or expanding the capacity of existing programs).

In addition, a State that has a rate of acquired immune deficiency syndrome in excess of the rate stipulated at 42 USC 300A-24(b) must expend the portion of its block grant specified by 300A-24(b) for HIV early intervention services as defined by the PHS Act.

States must require programs of treatment for intravenous drug abuse to admit individuals into treatment within 14 days after making such a request or 120 days of such a request, if interim services are made available within 48 hours.

States will provide, directly or through arrangements with other public or nonprofit entities, tuberculosis services such as counseling, testing, treatment, and early intervention services for substance abusers at risk for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease.

Other statutory requirements also apply.

Up to 5 percent of grant funds may be used for administering the grant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and U.S.

Territory Governments; or Tribal Organizations.

NOTE: Only the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is eligible for direct award of Block Grants for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Funds, per the PHS Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Recipients of State and U.S. Territory Governments; or Tribal Organizations. NOTE: Only the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is eligible for direct award of Block Grants for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Funds, per the PHS Act.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Portions of 2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 applies to this program. The Chief Executive Officer of the State, Territory, or Tribal Organization (limited to the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa) must apply annually for an allotment.

Award Procedures

Grant awards are issued directly by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the designated State Agency, Territory, or Tribal organization (limited to the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa).


Oct 01, 2016 The application is due no later than October 1 of the fiscal year for which SABG funding is being requested.


Public Health Service Act, Subpart II and III, Title XIX, Part B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Synar Report is due by December 31, 2016.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title XIX , Part B, Subpart II and III, Public Law 106-310. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Under 42 USC 300x-30, States expenditure for authorized activities at a level that is not less than the average level of such expenditures maintained by the State for the 2-year period preceding the fiscal year for which the State is applying for the grant.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each allotment is available for obligation and expenditure during the fiscal year it was allotted through the end of the subsequent fiscal year for which the State is applying for the grant. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Synar report is due on December 31.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Federal Financial Report SF-425 is due 90 days after the end of the budget period.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Each State must maintain records which are consistent with their State laws and requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $1,759,749,115; FY 17 est $1,759,816,360; and FY 18 est $1,759,816,360

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$133,476 to $254,417,734; Avg. $29,330,272.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Part 96; also portions of the 2 CFR Part 200/45 CFR Part 75

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Odessa Crocker 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 240-276-1078

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications must fulfill statutory and Federal regulations and regulatory requirements. For information on statutory and Federal regulations requirements contact John J. Campbell, Division of State and Community Assistance, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, 5600 Fisher Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240-) 276-2891 or email:

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