COVID-19 Funding Updates from FEMA and SAMHSA

SAMHSA Announces Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19 (Short Title: Emergency COVID-19). SAMHSA recognizes there are currently 57.8 million Americans living with mental and/or substance use disorders (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018). The current national crisis of COVID-19 will certainly contribute to growth in these numbers. Americans across the country will struggle with increases in depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. There is also anticipated increase in substance misuse as lives are impacted for individuals and families. The purpose of this program is to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling, and other related supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will be provided for states, territories, and tribes to develop comprehensive systems to address these needs. The purpose of this program is specifically to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, individuals with substance use disorders, and/or individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
Application Due Date: April 10, 2020
Eligibility: State governments, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau; and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Anticipated Number of Awards: 60
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2 million per State / Up to $500,000 per Territories and Tribes

SAE has obtained over $260 million in grant awards for its clients. If you are interested in applying and would like some assistance in developing a competitive narrative for your application, contact us by emailing
FEMA Disaster Grant Response Information
Earlier today, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) acknowledged Voluntary Agency CEOs, and NFP Presidents and Executive Directors for their efforts during this COVID-19 health emergency:
OTDA and our partner agency OCFS are both committed to providing any assistance or guidance that we can to assist you during these critical times. The Office of Disaster Recovery at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) will be holding several virtual Applicant Briefings to discuss the federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that may be available under the COVID-19 major disaster declaration. The briefing will provide state agencies and authorities, local governments and private non-profits guidance on the eligibility standards for being an applicant under a FEMA disaster grant and what types of activities are reimbursable under this current declaration. We encourage any entity that is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak to register. 
Briefings will be held at several dates and times. DHSES advises that the current COVID-19 FEMA disaster grant can provide funding for actions taken before, during, and following a disaster to save lives, protect public health and ensure the safety of citizens. 
The following is a non-exhaustive list of items that may be eligible for federal reimbursement: 
  • Virus testing
  • Medical supplies & equipment (e.g. PPE)
  • Shelters or emergency care
  • Provision of food, water, ice, other essential needs
  • EOC Operations
  • Security for temporary facilities 

FEMA will also provide information sessions on the guidelines needed when procuring/contracting for services and seeking federal FEMA reimbursement.

Delivery Format: Online training trough Adobe Connect. If you have never used this platform, test your connection in advance: click here.
Training dates, Applicant Briefings, and access information are provided on OTDA’s Contract and Grant Opportunities website at


SAE’s NEW COVID-19 Podcast Series


Last week, SAE launched its COVID-19 Podcast series, entitled “Going from Reactive to Proactive in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic”. Our goal in this series is twofold. First, we want to give you the tools and resources that will enable you to contain and gain operational control during this national crisis and its impact that this pandemic has caused on your service delivery system. Second, we want to offer specific stabilization strategies that you can deploy not only to gain control during the crisis but also to protect, implement and sustain course corrective adaptive interventions that meet the needs of the consumers you serve and the clinical, supervisory and safety needs of your staff.
The first podcast of this series: Stabilization and Growth Strategies, is available now for free listen and download! This podcast addresses consumer safety, system changes, and both short-term and long-term planning needs.
Our next podcast will be released Friday, April 3, so if you are not already subscribed to receive our eblasts, go to and sign up to be added to our listserv!