One of the leading government organizations that provides grants for a myriad of programs for substance abuse, mental health treatment and trauma programs is SAMHSA.
Did you know SAMHSA could be a resource for you?
Though people more often associate SAMHSA with the funding for state sponsored mental health programs, it is a good idea to know the reach and scope of this organization.
Lakeside has worked with several counties that have been SAMHSA-funded to provide training to professionals who deal with trauma-impacted children and adults. We have helped to plan, implement and evaluate the trauma portions of these grants.
We appreciate that SAMHSA has really helped communities find resources for trauma-informed professional development.
In fact, SAMHSA has identified six key principles of a trauma-informed approach to be aware of on their website. These principles should guide one in considering a trauma resource or program:
- Trustworthiness and Transparency
- Peer Support
- Collaboration and mutuality
- Empowerment, voice and choice
- Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues
More explicitly, SAMHSA has also identified that trauma-specific interventions recognize:
- The survivor’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery
- The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety
- The need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human services agencies in a manner that will empower survivors and consumers
Will SAMHSA’s funding be reduced?
Thousands of cities, counties, professionals and clients in almost every state in America have significantly benefited from the grants and support of SAMHSA.
It is my understanding that future funding for SAMHSA could be reduced in the upcoming federal budgets. This would have a demoralizing impact to many states and regions, especially to those who are receiving greatly needed services, to have this funding reduced.
We have had the privilege of working with some of the administrators of these grants as we have provided varied levels of trauma and community leadership training.
These grants make a huge difference to these communities since there is little targeted funding for trauma training. We are extremely supportive of the SAMHSA mission and funding.
It is our hope that our legislators will continue to support SAMHSA and continue the amazing work that has been achieved and that has helped so many trauma-impacted individuals.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside