Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NASPER Act Provides Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) is accepting applications for FY 2009 for the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Act grants. The program provides grant support to states including the District of Columbia to establish and implement or improve state-administered prescription drug monitoring programs. This funding will be used to ensure that healthcare providers have access to accurate and timely prescription history information in order to identify patients at risk of addiction.

SAMSHA plans to award grants totaling $2 million for up to one year. Individual grantees may get from $21, 467, to $113, 129 in funding depending on an allocation formula. These figures are based on the assumption that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be approved for a NASPER grant, but the award range will increase if fewer states are approved.

Eligibility is limited to the Chief Executive in the states such as the Governor and in the District of Columbia that have enacted legislation or regulations that permit the implementation of a state controlled substance monitoring program.

The grants will be administered by SAMSHA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. To apply, call 1-877-SAMSHA or contact Jennifer Fan at 240-276-1759 or email Jennifer.fan@samhsa.hhs.gov. The application deadline is July 27, 2009.