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HHS Provides $50 Million to Expand Treatment for Substance Use, Mental Health
Saturday, 14 December 2013 15:06

According to, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plans to provide $50 million to expand treatment for substance use disorders and mental health. The funds will be used to hire staff, add services and employ team-based models of care. The funds will go to approximately 200 community health centers, UPI reports: The Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator, Mary K. Wakefield, said: “Most behavioral health conditions are treatable, yet too many Americans are not able to get needed treatment” in a news release. “These new Affordable Care Act funds will expand the capacity of our network of community health centers to respond to the mental health needs in their communities."

For additional information, please go here.  If you are a community health center, and need information in how to apply for this new grant funding, please email us here.

The president’s fiscal year 2014 budget also provides funds to train 5,000 more mental health professionals, as well as $130 million to help teachers recognize signs of mental illness in students and refer them to services, and to support innovative state-based programs to improve mental health outcomes for young people. Such funding cannot be awarded soon enough, especially true in light of the recent tragedy in Colorado, yet again.

The number of people seeking addiction treatment could double under the Affordable Care Act. Under the new law, four million people with drug and alcohol problems will become eligible for insurance coverage. How many new patients will seek addiction treatment will depend in part on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs.

News from the Division of Grants Administration Print E-mail
Revised planning amounts for programs in the 2013–2014 NCLB Consolidated Federal Grant Application are now available on the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements page. Planning amounts for open-enrollment charter schools, South Texas ISD, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Texas School for the Deaf are included.

Public school districts that have submitted their 2013-2014 NCLB Consolidated Federal Grant Application based on preliminary planning amounts may adjust budgets and support schedules as appropriate during the negotiation process. If a notice of grant award (NOGA) has been awarded, the applicant may initiate an amendment to incorporate the revised planning amounts. Lastly, if your LEA has not submitted its NCLB application, budgets are populated with revised planning amounts and applications are due September 4, 2013.

Note: If your school district has received a NOGA and your Title I, Part A entitlement has been revised, the per pupil amounts in the SC5000 do not need to be updated. 

DoD SBIR 2013.3 and STTR 2013.B solicitations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katrina Belcher   
Friday, 26 July 2013 19:48
dodThe DoD SBIR 2013.3 and STTR 2013.B solicitations were pre-released today, July 26, 2013. For SBIR 13.3 the Army, Navy, DARPA, DTRA, and OSD and for STTR 13.B the DARPA, DMEA, and MDA invite small businesses to submit proposals under these solicitations.

The DoD will begin accepting proposals for both solicitations on August 26, 2013 and will close to proposals for both solicitations on September 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Plan ahead and submit your proposal early to avoid the risk of website inaccessibility due to heavy usage on the final day.

If you're interested in help, preparing your grant proposal in response to this RFP, please feel free to call 865.249.6311 or email.

Important Dates

  1. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Pre-release: July 26, 2013
  2. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Open: August 26, 2013
  3. SITIS Close: September 11, 2013
  4. SBIR 13.3/STTR 13.B Close: September 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 20:05
Urban Outfitters to Discontinue Products Promoting Rx Drug Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katrina Belcher   
Monday, 17 June 2013 17:28

UrbanoutfittersUrban Outfitters prescription-themed products have recently come under fire from safety advocates who say the items promote the misuse and abuse of painkillers.

"In the 20,000 products that comprise our assortment, there are styles that represent humor, satire, and hyperbole," Urban Outfitters said in a statement. "In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering."

It's about time!

The move comes after several groups sent letters to the retailer asking it to stop selling the prescription line. The Attorneys general of 22 states and Guam also urged Urban Outfitters to cease sales of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and other prescription-related products: "There is a national health crisis related to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs," the chief legal officers wrote. "We are actively engaged in a campaign of environmental change to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor. By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products, you are undermining our efforts."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes in the United States, and about half of those deaths involve prescription painkillers. Accidental overdoses have now surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of American accidental deaths! The last thing we need is for a company to advocate drug use...especially one that caters to our youth!

According to, one doctor described it to Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States: "Distribution of morphine, the main ingredient in popular painkillers, increased 600% from 1997-2007," Gupta later wrote in an op-ed for CNN. "In the United States, we now prescribe enough pain pills to give every man, woman and child one every four hours, around the clock, for three weeks." (Source:

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 17:41
News from the Division of Grants Administration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katrina Belcher   
Monday, 17 June 2013 17:23

This just in: Federal Cost Principles and Regulations Applicable to All LEAs, Including All Open-Enrollment Charter Schools. On May 13, 2013, US Department of Education (USDE) sent information regarding the federal cost principles applicable to open-enrollment charter schools. Refer to the “To the Administrator Addressed” letter posted on the TEA Correspondence page on June 12, 2013 here, for details.

In accordance with the USDE guidance, beginning in the 2013–2014 school year and extending into future school years, all LEAs, including open-enrollment charter schools operated by a nonprofit organization (NPO) or institution of higher education (IHE), will be governed by the cost principles in OMB Circular A-87: Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations [2 CFR] Part 225) and the regulations in 34 CFR Part 80.

For grants to charter schools that span multiple school years, such as Texas Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 2, for school years 2011–2012, 2012–2013, and 2013–2014, OMB Circular A-87 and 34 CFR Part 80 will become applicable beginning in the 2013–2014 school year.

For questions related to the clarifying guidance, email the Division of Grants Administration.

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