HRSA Announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) Supplemental Funding (HRSA-17-118)

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the FY 2017 AIMS supplemental funding instructions. This funding will enable existing Health Center Program award recipients to expand mental health services, and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse. The expansion will be focused on investments in personnel, health information technology (IT), and training to support the integration of mental health and substance abuse services into primary care.

Each eligible health center can request up to $150,000 in AIMS funding.

  • $37,500 for mental health service expansion personnel
  • $37,500 for substance abuse service expansion personnel, focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse
  • $75,000 for one-time health IT and/or training investments that will support the expansion of mental health services, and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse, along with their integration into primary care

Application instructions are available on the AIMS technical assistance website. The Project Director, Authorizing Official, and Business Official for each eligible health center will receive an email from HRSA with instructions for preparing the AIMS application. HRSA will also hold a technical assistance webinar for applicants:

Thursday, June 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT
View the webcast the day of the session
Call-in number: 888-790-3091; Passcode: 6930788

Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbook (EHB) by 5 p.m. EDT on July 26. The EHB application module may be accessed beginning June 30. Health centers are encouraged to use the sample forms and other resources on the AIMS technical assistance website to begin developing their proposals in advance of working in the EHB application module.

Visit the AIMS technical assistance website for information on participating in the webinar and to review the 17-page instructions document, sample application forms, and other resources. Contact with questions.