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FY 2015 Appropriations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Policy Brief | March 7, 2014
Files: FY 2015 Appropriations: Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services For Homeless Populations (PDF | 230 KB | 1 PAGE)
FY 2015 Appropriations Request
Our $100 million ask would allow this initiative to move forward and provide approximately 50 new services grants targeted to proven ways of ending homelessness.
SAMHSA homeless programs fill a gap created by a preference of HUD to fund housing rental assistance and capital needs. Therefore, HHS must take responsibility, appropriately so, to fund the critically important services that are necessary for programs to be effective. In 2013, SAMHSA was not able to award any new community-based services grants. For the first time, eleven states (AZ, GA, HI, WA, LA, IL, NV, PA, MA, MI and CO) did receive funding to improve statewide alignment of resources but every state could use SAMHSA assistance in their efforts to end homelessness. Over the years, hundreds of government entities and local providers have been unable to move forward with important work due to inadequate funding levels.
The current FY 2014 funding level of SAMHSA homeless programs is $74 million. This is divided between three accounts: two within the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) totaling $33 million and one within the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) totaling $41 million. The President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal recommends providing $74 million for SAMHSA homeless programs, representing level funding from FY 2014.
Cost Effectiveness of Services and Housing
• Reduced Health Care Costs. In New York, reduced psychiatric hospitalizations resulted in an annual savings of $8,260 per person. In Denver and Los Angeles, annual reductions in physical health hospitalizations saved of $3,423 and $13,392 per person, respectively.