Funding Opportunities to Provide Support Services to Pregnant, Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorder

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has announced the availability of $7 million in funding for entities to provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder (SUD).

“We are deeply committed to the health and well-being of mothers and children across the commonwealth,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “Meeting the needs of this vulnerable population requires a collaborative approach across the health care system and this funding will help assure that they are directly connected with services to help them, and their newborn or soon-to-be newborn, thrive.”

During the last iteration of this funding opportunity, nine organizations were awarded grant funding up to $400,000. As of March 2021, approximately 500 mothers and their children have been served and were linked to evidence-based SUD treatment, specialty medical and behavioral healthcare, case management services related to employment, childcare, and transportation.

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Eligible applicants can find the grant application, project summary, and budget on the Funding Opportunities page of the DDAP website. Approximately 10 to 12 grants up to $600,000 each will be awarded to help provide services, streamline care, and assure that this population is connected with the most appropriate resources to reach long-term recovery.

All applications must be submitted via email to [email protected] by 12:00PM on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Applications will be competitively reviewed and scored based upon the applicant’s adherence to the funding announcement guidelines, and a timely submission to DDAP. Additionally, awarding of the funds is contingent upon the approval of DDAP’s funding spending plan by SAMHSA.

The grants are part of $55 million in federal funding awarded to Pennsylvania through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards. The funding spending plan submitted by DDAP is currently pending approval by SAMHSA. More information will be shared about this funding and supporting projects as it becomes available.

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Questions regarding the grants and the application process should be forwarded to [email protected].

Throughout the Wolf Administration’s second term, DDAP is placing a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening drug and alcohol treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts, laid out in DDAP’s 2019-2022 State Plan, will be to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the topic of substance use disorder.

For more information about the work that the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.

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