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Block Grants For Prevention And Treatment Of Substance Abuse

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Block Grants For Prevention And Treatment Of Substance Abuse


Federal Agency




Public Health Service Act, Title XIX, Part B, Subpart II, as amended, Public Law 106-310; 42 U.S.C. 300x.






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.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


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). States shall also expend not less than 5 percent of the grant to increase (relative to fiscal year 1993) the availability of such services to pregnant women and women with dependent children. 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 vices 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.


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 SAPT Block Grant Funds, per the PHS Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Recipients of State and U.S. Territory Governments; and members of Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

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 Procedure

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


The application is due no later than October 1 of the fiscal year for which SAPT Block Grant funding is being requested.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The formula for the allocation of funds is cited in 42 U.S.C. 300x-33. Allotments to the States are based upon weighted population factors and, for equity purposes, a measure reflecting the differences that exist between the State involved and other States in the cost of providing authorized services. Territories shall receive funds based on the civilian population of the Territory as indicated by the most recent available data divided by the aggregate civilian population of the Territories, but not less than $50,000. The Secretary shall each fiscal year reserve for the Territories of the United States, 1.5 percent of the amounts appropriated for these purposes.

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. Payments are made through the Electronic Transfer System.


Post Assistance Requirements


Each State must prepare and submit an annual report of program activities for the preceding fiscal year in conjunction with the application for the requested fiscal year's funding. A copy of the State's most recent annual audit report must also be submitted.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, 45 CFR 74.26 requires that for-profit recipients and subrecipients have an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards or Circular No. A-133.


The State's law and practices will govern, subject to guidance and regulations as may be promulgated by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in accordance with the statutory requirements.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,670,661,450; FY 08 est $1,670,661,450; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$110,614 to $252,450,447; $27,844,358.


Program Accomplishments

It is anticipated that 60 awards will be made in fiscal years 2007 and 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR 96.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: John J. Campbell, Division of State and Community Assistance, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 5-1069, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-2891. Grants Management Contact: Ms. LouEllen M. Rice, Division of Grants Management, Office of Program Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Choke Cherry Road Room 7-1091, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (240) 276-1404.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


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, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 5-1069 Rockville, MD 20857.


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