$250,000 mental health & substance abuse grant for DHSS

Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is welcoming notification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a $250,000 mental health and substance abuse grant for American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) designated to opioid programs.

This new grant award is from the HHS Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for this fiscal year through September 2023, one year of a two-year planned project.

“Thank you especially to Talalupelele Sunia-Fiso for the effort resulting in these federal funds coming to our islands, and directing these necessary opioid services, along with the entire team at DHSS working on these priorities,” said Aumua Amata. “It’s important that our professional social services have the resources to compassionately work for the recovery of those facing mental health needs or struggling with substance abuse.”