Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business!



September is Suicide Prevention Month, and today marks the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week 2016, with World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday, September 10th

There are many ways to take part!

Throughout the week GSPIN will update you with the different activities and ways to get involved in in your area.  Support your communities activities, and Remember Find out more!



September 2016: National Recovery Month


Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Get general information about National Recovery Month, held every September to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery, from the Toolkit

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery. Learn more about this year’s theme.

Materials produced for the Recovery Month observance include print, Web, television, radio, and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, and their friends and families, to seek treatment and recovery services and information. Materials provide multiple resources including SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662 HELP (4357) for information and treatment referral as well as other SAMHSA resources for locating services.


Over the years, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) has inspired millions of people to raise awareness about mental and/or substance use disorders, share their stories of recovery, and encourage others who are still in need of services and support.

Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health.

Review the Recovery Month: 20 Years of Excellence and Achievement Timeline – 2009 (PDF | 357 KB), which showcases the many strides the treatment and recovery field has made and details the campaign’s success and evolution of Treatment Works! into National Recovery Month.


HBCU Center for Excellence Behavioral Health Sub Award (mini – grant) Opportunity!

We are pleased to announce that Morehouse School of Medicine has received a Notice of Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue as theHistorically Black Colleges and Universities-Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health. We look forward to working with all Historically Black Colleges and Universities to promote student behavioral health, work force development and student retention.

The HBCU-CFE will again support a Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Sub-Award program. The purpose of this program is to promote opportunities for HBCU institutions to foster behavioral health careers through internships; to expand knowledge of culturally appropriate, evidence-based and emerging best practices; to expand screening and referral services for students at risk for behavioral health disorders; and to support educational activities around behavioral health and prevention strategies.

All HBCUs are eligible to apply for the Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Mini-Grant.  Click Here for a Copy of the RFA.

The sub-award proposal submission deadline is September 23rd 2016

Technical assistance webinar will be offered the focus of this webinar is to review the criteria for completing RFA. .  Please see dates and times below.

The presentation for these webinars can be found HERE

September 7, 2016        10:00 AM   EST - Register Now!

September 8, 2016          9:30 AM   EST - Register Now!

September 8, 2016          1:00 PM   EST - Register Now!

September 8, 2016          2:00 PM   EST - Register Now!

September 12, 2016       10:00 AM   EST- Register Now!

September 12, 2016        2:00 PM   EST - Register Now!

To participate in the webinars via audio only - please call 1-866-378-9086, enter your conference code, 5701728311, followed by the # sign.

For questions please contact Dollmesha Greene (HBCU-CFE Program Manager), or call toll-free at 1-866-988-4228


SAMHSA: Incidents of Mass Violence

Incidents of mass violence, like those in Orlando, Florida this weekend, can cause people to experience fear, uncertainty, and stress. Immediate help is available. Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 for support and or visit us for more counseling options


lgbtSAMHSA Programs & Initiatives for the LGBT Community

Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include the following:



  • Encouraging states to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources
  • Including a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate
  • Supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Providing targeted technical assistance to grantees and other stakeholders
  • Issuing guidance on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor related to the federal definitions of “spouse” and “marriage”

SAMHSA contributes to developing national data collection protocols and expanding health services for LGBT individuals. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals.

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources


Who we are

The HBCU-CFE, through its established HBCU network, will target all 105 HBCUs and provide ongoing technical assistance and on-site and distance learning opportunities. The HBCU-CFE will advance these goals by building and strengthening collaborative partnerships

The goals of the HBCU-CFE are to:

  • Promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention
  • Expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources
  • Facilitate best practices dissemination, foster student leadership, and behavioral health workforce development

Upcoming Webinars

9/29: Recovery Month - Your Future In the Addictions Profession & Why This is the Best of Times

Participants will understand the history of National Recovery Month, how to become an Addiction/Substance Use Disorder Professional and learn how to apply for the NAADAC Minority Fellowship- Addiction Counselor Fellowship Tuition Grant.

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Upcoming Events

2015 Lonnie E. Mitchell Conference pictures and presentations are now available

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Mini Grant RFA Technical Assistance Webinars
Thank you to all who attended!

Webinar Presentation

Student Resources

News You Can Use!

herringtonanddrewGeorgia School of Addiction Studies- August 29th – September 2nd 2016
HBCU Center for Excellence Co - Project Director, Dr. Herrington meets Dr. Drew Pinsky

Internships and Fellowships

NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Academic Year

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals is proud to announce the opening of the 2nd cohort of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s level students in the last year of a graduate program with an addiction/substance use disorder program or track. At least 36 students who commit to working with the needs of transition age youth and/or racial and ethnic minorities post-graduation will be provided tuition stipends of up to $20,000 per student, training, and mentorship.

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