$55 Million Funding Opportunity Tribal Opioid Response Grant Program


HHS Announces $55 Million Funding Opportunity for Latest Iteration of its Tribal Opioid Response Grant Program

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through SAMHSA, has announced $55 million in funding for its Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant program. This program reflects the HHS commitment to evidence-based programs addressing opioid and stimulant misuse and use disorders in tribal communities, as well as the Biden-Harris Administration’s Unity Agenda item of combatting addiction. The TOR grant program addresses the overdose crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid misuse, and supporting prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services for opioid and stimulant misuse and co-occurring mental and substance use conditions. Funding will be provided each year for up to 150 grantees over a 2-year project period, beginning late FY 2022.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Marion E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, has recorded a video message for Mental Health Awareness month, observed during May.

Join Mental Health Awareness Month Webinars!

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing and HHS’ SAMHSA are teaming up to present a series of free webinars this May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month!

Webinar 3: Get Help – Reducing Stigma Associated with Mental Health

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:00 PM ET

Access Code: 5955873#

Webinar 4: Now What? – Mental Health Issues in Post-COVID America

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:00 PM ET

Access Code: 6268721#

Attendee Information

You may join the conference 10 minutes prior. Join the WebEx event and follow the prompts to connect audio by computer or telephone. Need to join via phone only? (888) 251-2949 or (215) 861-0694 – Need an international number? WebEx Support: (888) 793-6118

Dr. Yngvild K. Olsen is SAMHSA’s New Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Yngvild K. Olsen, M.D., M.P.H., is the new Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at SAMHSA. Dr. Olsen will lead CSAT’s efforts to promote community-based substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support services for individuals and families in every community across the country.

Save the Date! All About the I: Intersex Inclusion – Webinar Series

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 1:00 PM ET

This webinar provides an overview of issues impacting individuals with intersex variations across the lifespan and provides guidance for service providers on how to work with individuals and families as they navigate systems of care. Additionally, an exploration of advocacy, family and community needs and resources, and representation in pop culture will enrich participants’ understanding of these individuals’ experiences. This is the first part of a two-part series focusing on “the I” in LGBTQI2-S.

Part two of the series is a panel discussion, scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 1–2 p.m. ET. Through moderated and audience questions, our panelists will speak to the experiences and needs of intersex individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and gender backgrounds and diverse roles within the intersex community. Attendance at both events is encouraged, but not required.


Training and events are available for practitioners through SAMHSA’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Visit SAMHSA’s Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

SAMHSA Headlines offers you a biweekly update of selected upcoming trainings and webinars. However, for a broader range of activities, visit this website, as well as the training sections of individual technical assistance center websites.

Selected events are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration.

Note: If you are unable to access an event or webinar or have questions, please contact the source given at the individual event URL.


Communicating the Value of Social Emotional Learning: Evidence and Resources to Facilitate Community Conversations—Webinar

Friday, May 13, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Social emotional learning (SEL) programs are arguably more important now than ever to support student mental health, interpersonal skill development, and academic success using a universal public health approach in education. This learning session will provide practical information about how to communicate what SEL is, including an overview of free, reputable resources that can be used to assess SEL program components and evidence. We will offer resources and facilitated discussion related to challenges communicating about SEL to equip participants with skills to lead discussions and answer questions about SEL in their communities.

Navigating Insurance Hurdles with MOUD—Virtual Clinical Roundtable

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal “round table” conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Perinatal Mental Health: Grief and Loss—Webinar

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:00 PM ET

As many as 1 in 5 new mothers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs). There are effective and well-researched treatment options available to help women recover, but stigma often prevents women from seeking help.

Unique Considerations for Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Development—Webinar

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:00 PM ET

Learn how to overcome the unique challenges of rural practice and how to address these obstacles utilizing satellite locations based on Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) programming within rural Nebraska.

Safety Planning for LGBTQ+ Students—Webinar

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This session will provide information on safety planning with LGBTQ+ youth. Safety planning is a protective measure that can be implemented with youth in situations that may lead to distress and crisis — from disclosing their identities to engaging in gender-segregated activities. This session will cover: (1) assessment of available supports for LGBTQ+ youth; (2) anticipation of challenges LBGTQ+ youth may face in distressing situations; and (3) tools that can help youth cope through difficult times. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Trauma-Informed Supervision—Webinar

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:00 PM ET

In recent years, there has been increased attention to the pervasiveness of trauma in the lives of individuals seeking behavioral health services. A key dimension of providing effective trauma-informed care is providing supervision that incorporates this approach and recognizes the potential impact of trauma on those who provide services. This webinar will focus on how the principles of trauma-informed care can be used to guide the supervisory process and relationship and how supervisors can be sensitive to those supervisees who may have experienced trauma.

Serving LGBTQIA People: More Than Knowing the Current Lingo—Videoconference via Zoom

Thursday, May 19, 2022 10:00 AM ET

“What if I say the wrong thing – I don’t want to offend them.” Join this interactive, learning community conversation where we will explore the limitations of “cultural competence” while providing services to LGBTQIA people. The concept and practice of “cultural humility” offers a starting point and a path that offers respect and can build trust between providers and the LGBTQIA people they serve.

Perspectives in Crisis: Decriminalizing Mental Health Crisis—Webinar Series

Thursday, May 19, 2022 10:00 AM ET

In part 3 of this series, Certified Peer Specialists and allies in the mental health decriminalization movement will discuss the factors that have contributed to the criminalization of mental health issues, and strategies that can help communities to decriminalize mental illness, such as diversion, co-responding, forensic peer mentoring, and reduced contact with law enforcement.

Black Youth Suicide Prevention—Webinar

Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Over the last three decades, there has been a steady and continuous rise in Black youth suicides. Despite these increases, there has been a shortage of research regarding the cause. This webinar will explore the increasing surge and discuss possible contributing factors related to this public health emergency.

Treating Opioid Disorder in the Primary Care Setting—Virtual Clinical Roundtable

Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal “round table” conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Overdose Grief, Loss, and Healing Supports—Videoconference via Zoom

Friday, May 20, 2022 10:00 AM ET

How do we respond to the emotional and psychological toll the overdose of a client or resident has on professionals and peers? What are the best ways to support both staff and clients? This interactive session will review some of the main issues that arise when residents in recovery environments experience and don’t survive a recurrence. Content will review the behavioral, physical, and psychological responses to grief, self-care, and coping strategies. Discussion will also review overdose postvention activities that can help support those staff and other residents impacted by overdose loss.

Addiction Counselor Ethics—Videoconference via Zoom

Monday, May 23, 2022 10:00 AM ET

This 3-hour interactive training will review the Canon of Ethical Principles for Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC). Topics include definitions, principles, and questions emerging from challenging situations. Content will further discuss the concept of “do no harm,” and implications for practice.

Introduction to Behavioral Health—Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This Introduction to Behavioral Health Series is for those serving Tribal and Urban Native communities. Session topics include:

  1. Models for Understanding Behavioral Health Topics
  2. Role of Trauma and Culture in Native Behavioral Health
  3. Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: Prevalence and Descriptions
  4. Prevention and Treatment Solutions for Improving Behavioral Health
  5. Reflection Upon Important Behavioral Health Topics – Q&A

Additional webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022, and Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Introduction to Supervision of Peer-Based Recovery Support Services—Webinar

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:00 PM ET

As many people know, the professional identity of peer staff is rooted in their lived experience and deep connection to personal vulnerabilities. The majority of peers work alongside and are supervised by clinicians and other professionals who may not have the ability to disclose their lived experience, or who do not identify as having lived experience. Often, these imbalances can lead to unclear job descriptions, miscommunication, siloing of services, and replication of the harm many peers have experienced in navigating systems of care. This webinar will provide an overview of upcoming training on supervision of peer-based recovery support services.

The Nexus of Substance Misuse and Mental Health/Suicide Prevention/Problem Gambling—Webinar Series

Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:00 PM ET

This is a 3-part series on the nexus of substance misuse and other public health issues. We will be exploring the nexus of substance misuse and mental health conditions, suicide, and problem gambling. This “nexus” provides an opportunity for prevention specialists and other behavioral health leaders to develop a cohesive strategy within a public health framework to reduce the rates of all four behavioral health problems.

The three sessions are:

  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion
  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Problem Gambling Prevention
  • Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention

The other two dates in this series include:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:00 AM ET
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:00 PM ET



Understanding Parity: A Guide to Resources for Families and Caregivers

There are protections in federal law, collectively known as “parity,” which are designed to ensure that certain types of health plans cover mental and substance use disorders no less generously than they cover other health issues. This resource can guide you to helpful materials and places.

The Essential Aspects of Parity: A Training Tool for Policymakers

This document provides an overview of essential information necessary for understanding mental health and substance use disorder parity and how to implement and comply with federal parity laws. This guide applies to parity laws in employer-sponsored health plans and group and individual insurance.

Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

This brochure gives an overview of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. It lists some of the common limits placed on mental health and substance use disorder benefits and services.


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