From the Lens of a SAMHSA Grant Reviewer

Grant season is upon us! We’ve already seen a handful of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC ProgramFamily Treatment Drug CourtsOpioid State Targeted Response TAOpioid State Targeted Response Supplement, and most recently the Offender Reentry Program.
Our latest SAE CAREs Podcast features Stanley Kusnetz, who was with SAMHSA for over 20 years and was their Senior Review Administrator. He developed a lot of SAMHSA’s current review material, including their present scoring system!
During the podcast, we discuss the following:
  • how SAMHSA applications are actually scored by SAMHSA reviewers;
  • the underestimated weight of the description of your population in your application, regardless of numerical cap;
  • a SAMHSA reviewer’s hate toward generalities in a narrative;
  • the importance of having one person (either in-house or an external reviewer) make sure all parts of the narrative and application tie together before submission to SAMHSA;
  • ensuring an organization’s sustainability after the grant period has ended; and
  • how to make an application stand out to increase an applicant’s chance of being awarded funding.
If you’d like to connect with Stanley Kusnetz or have any questions about what was discussed during the podcast, feel free to email or call (212) 684-4480.