Block Grant Information

BHDDH submits a biennial, combined Substance Abuse (SA) and Mental Health (MH) Block Grant application to Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlining the State’s plan to monitor grant-funded Mental Health services and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery programs throughout Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals invites your feedback on the state’s combined Substance Abuse Prevention Treatment (SAPT) and Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) Block Grant application for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020-2021. Feedback will be used to improve the FFY2022-2023 combined Block Grant application which will be due in July 2021.

For more information on the SABG and the Federal granting agency, see To access Rhode Island’s current Block Grant application or a prior Block Grant application, visit SAMHSA’s Web-based Grant Application System (WebBGAS)
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Once you have logged in, click on "View an Existing Application."

All comments and feedback can be sent to [email protected].

Annual Synar Report

The Department administers the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. As a condition for receipt of SAPT Block Grant funding, each state must report annually on efforts to enforce their state laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of eighteen (Annual Synar Report).

Rhode Island’s Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Synar Report will be submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by 12/31/19. The Department invites you to read and comment on the Report. Comments may be directed to Maureen Mulligan at [email protected].

Annual PATH Application

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) is a formulary grant which is awarded to states and funds programs for people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.

The annual PATH application was submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in May of 2020 and the report was to SAMHSA on December 27, 2020.

Any  questions or comments on the PATH grant should be directed to Bette Ann McHugh at [email protected].