SAMHSA Seeks Applicants for Emergency COVID-19 Grants for Suicide Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing an emergency $40 million grant program to prevent suicide.

The fiscal year (FY) 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention (Short Title: COVID-19 ERSP) grant program will award $40 million to 50 awardees to spend over a 16-month period.

The $40 million will add to the $375 million that SAMHSA has previously awarded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on SAMHSA’s efforts to strengthen treatment for mental and substance use disorders during the pandemic, visit¬†

Eligible applicants are:

  • State government agencies, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. The State mental health agency or the State health agency with mental or behavioral health functions should be the lead for the ERSP grant.
  • Community-based primary care or behavioral healthcare organizations.
  • Public health agencies.
  • Community-based service providers able to meet psychiatric and psychosocial needs of clients including, for example, shelters for victims of domestic violence, clubhouse-type facilities.
  • Emergency departments.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Click here for more information and application materials.