SAMHSA State Opioid Response Grants

SAMHSA’s FAQ for the State Opioid Response Grants Affirms the Role of Faith-based Providers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is currently accepting applications from states for $930 million to combat the opioid crisis through State Opioid Response Grants (Short Title: SOR), with a deadline of August 13th.   A letter from Shannon Royce, Esq., Director, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and SAMHSA’s recently-released Frequently Asked Questions affirm that states may use the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funds to support the provision of substance use disorder services by faith-based organizations.  It also affirms that states are allowed to use a portion of their funds through indirect funding or voucher programs to enhance client choice and increase program participation by a variety of groups, including faith-based partners.


Faith-based providers of treatment, recovery support, and prevention efforts are reaching out to their state/commonwealth to discuss how their organization might participate in these grant funds as part of their state’s comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis.


The State Opioid Response Grants (SOR) are funds that states are currently applying for-with a deadline of Monday, August 13.  Each state will have its individual implementation plan that could include a voucher or indirect funding mechanism and make it possible to include faith-based providers- much like the former ATR program.