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Supplemental Block Grant Funding Initiatives

Federal legislation provides supplemental funding to offset the negative impact of COVID-19 on the provider system.
Supplemental Block Grant Funding Initiatives

Overview

Recent Federal legislation provides supplemental funding to support substance use disorder services through time-limited expansions of:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant
  • Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) share of funds for Medicaid programs

The Office of Addiction Services and Supports is working with community stakeholders to identify opportunities for these funds to best meet unmet prevention, treatment, and recovery needs for people with or at risk of substance use disorders.

Current Projects

The following are active projects funded through SAPT Supplemental awards. Additional details including eligibility information, scope of work, and contracting forms for each funding opportunity can be found on the pages below. Search our list of available funding opportunities for not-for-profit organizations, local governmental units, and other businesses to support a comprehensive system of addiction services.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Community Coalitions - $4.5 million to support prevention-focused community coalitions to implement environmental strategies to reduce underage and binge alcohol and/or heavy cannabis use. 

Comprehensive Integrated Treatment Programs - Up to $3.5 million in one-time funding is available to develop Comprehensive Integrated Outpatient Treatment Programs that increase access to medication to treat individuals with an Opioid Use Disorder and provide comprehensive treatment all within one setting.

Medication Delivery System - $2.6 million is available to providers through the SAPT Supplemental Block Grant funding to provide and/or support the provision of medication delivery for substance use disorder patients in need.

Mobile Medication Unit - Up to $200,000 per provider is available to develop a mobile medication unit in each Empire State Development Region. Funding for this project has already been awarded.

Opioid Treatment Program Additional Location - We're requesting applications for one-time funding of up to $200,000 to develop Opioid Treatment Center Additional Locations throughout underserved communities in NY to increase access to medication treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

Paid Prevention Internship Opportunity - Up to $1 million in funding is available for certified and funded Prevention providers to establish and support paid internship positions to recruit talented, skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse staff to the field.

Primary Prevention Infrastructure - One-time funding to support continued primary prevention infrastructure development. Funding for this project has already been awarded.

Stabilization Funding - $20 million in federal funding through the SAPT Supplemental Block Grant program to assist addiction service providers with loss of revenue and operating expenses incurred as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Transitional Housing Unit Initiative - An opportunity for OASAS Permanent Housing Providers to provide rental subsidies for individuals with a substance use disorder who are homeless/at risk of homelessness and exiting a residential substance use disorder treatment program or the criminal justice system with a history of SUD. 

Workforce Development Funding - Through the SAPT Supplemental Block Grant funding opportunity, OASAS is providing non-proprietary prevention, treatment and recovery service providers Workforce Development/Training awards.

Information Sessions

SAPT Block Grant Supplemental Funds

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant or SAPT Block Grant program annually provides funds to states and territories to help plan, implement, and evaluate activities that prevent and treat substance abuse and promote public health. The SAPT Block Grant is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and managed by OASAS in New York State. Grantees use SAPT funds for prevention, treatment, recovery support, and other supportive services.

  • In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (Public Law 116-120) was enacted, which appropriated $1.65 billion in supplemental funding to states through the SAPT Block Grant program to assist in responding to the COVID19 pandemic. Funds must be used in accordance with current SAPT program requirements. The Act, however, encourages states to request waivers beyond current Federal regulations for SAPT Block Grants related to allowable activities, timelines or reporting requirements.
     
  • In early March 2021, OASAS received notification of award for a SAPT Block Grant supplemental amount of $104.8 million for the period March 15, 2021 to March 14, 2023. On April 5, 2021, OASAS submitted its proposed spending plan for these funds to SAMHSA, based on identified system needs, provider feedback, and federal guidance. This Plan is pending SAMHSA review and approval.
     
  • On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA, Public Law 117-2), which directed SAMHSA to provide $1.5 billion in additional funds to support states through the SAPT to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for Americans with SUD. This funding will also allow recipients to make investments in existing prevention, treatment and recovery infrastructure; promote support for providers; and address unique local needs to deliver SUD services.
     
  • On May 17, 2021, OASAS received notification from SAMSHA on the ARPA supplemental funding in the amount of $90.5 million for the period September 1, 2021 to September 30, 2025. OASAS’ spending plan is due to SAMHSA by July 2, 2021.

State and Federal Guidance

Stakeholder Listening Sessions

OASAS held a number of listening forums with stakeholders to answer questions on the supplemental funding opportunities. Recordings of the listening sessions are available below.

listening Sessions

 

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Rate Increase

Another source of federal relief will include opportunities for enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage or FMAP of 10% for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and rehabilitative services beginning April 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2022 This was authorized under Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan Act.  CMS  issued a State Medicaid Directors letter to provide guidance on how states should implement these provisions to strengthen HCBS and rehabilitation services impacted by COVID-19.NYS is preparing its initial spending plan and narrative for submission to CMS on or before the June 21, 2021 deadline  OASAS will provide more details as they become available.