Since 1995, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center has been operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) in Delmar, NY. The GAINS Center's primary focus is on expanding access to community based services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system. The Center emphasizes the provision of consultation and technical assistance to help communities achieve integrated systems of mental health and substance abuse services for individuals in contact with the justice system.
SAMHSA’s GAINS Center provides technical assistance to the field, as well as technical assistance and support to the following SAMHSA-funded grant programs:
SAMHSA's GAINS Center is currently soliciting applications from communities interested in developing integrated strategies to better identify and respond to the needs of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in contact with the criminal justice system. Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) is a one-day workshop designed to allow local, multidisciplinary teams of people from jurisdictions to facilitate collaboration and to identify and discuss ways in which barriers between the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse systems can be reduced to begin development of integrated local plans. This year's solicitation targets communities that are focusing on Intercepts 1 and 2 of the Sequential Intercept Model, which focuses on early diversion. Solicitation applications should therefore emphasize Intercepts 1 and 2 and workshop attendee groups should particularly include those agencies and personnel involved in early diversion efforts.
The GAINS Center will offer this workshop free of charge in selected communities between April and June 2014. There are no fees for registration, tuition, or materials associated with these workshops. The GAINS Center will pay all costs associated with pre- and post-workshop coordination, conference calls, and facilitator time and travel.
To apply for a 2014 SIM workshop, please download the below solicitation and submit a completed application form no later than Feburary 14, 2014.