Technical Assistance (TA) Opportunities for State Mental Health Authorities Under the SAMHSA State TA Contract

About: The State TA Contract is a cross-Center behavioral health technical assistance project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Under this project, States can request support for experts to provide both off-site (e.g., telephonic and web-based) assistance, as well as in-person training and consultation to representatives from the SMHA’s and other designated stakeholders in order to foster and enhance recovery and resiliency-oriented systems, services, and supports.

Topics: State Mental Health Authorities can request TA on a wide range of issues including, for example:

  • Improving Services & Service Delivery Systems: e.g., tailoring care to specific groups, such as older adults; implementing programs for persons in early stages of psychosis; expanding the use of person-centered treatment planning; developing crisis response services; implementing and ensuring fidelity to evidence-based practices (e.g., assertive community treatment, supported employment, cognitive behavioral therapy,coordinated specialty care, etc.); increasing early identification & referral to care for young people; promoting trauma-informed, recovery-oriented care; etc.
  • Systems Planning/Operations: e.g., strategic planning; merging mental health and substance abuse agencies; leadership development; staff development; cross sector collaboration; integration of behavioral health and primary care, etc.
  • Expanding the Peer Workforce: training and certification of peer specialists; peer whole health training; supervision of peer specialists; utilizing peer specialists to work with persons who are deaf and hard of hearing,etc.
  • Financing/Business Practices: e.g., maximizing Medicaid coverage; addressing behavioral health under a managed care model; drafting performance-based contract language with providers; rate setting practices; compliance with Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) requirements for fiscal monitoring, etc.

Parameters: TA under this project cannot be specifically focused on institutional/hospital-based settings. On average, a given TA project includes up to 10 days of consultant time (including prep and follow-up), along with coverage of consultant travel to your state.

To Request TA: Submit your request into the on-line SAMHSA TA Tracker, a password-protected system. All of the MH Directors/Commissioners are authorized to use this system, and Commissioners can give authorization to other SMHA staff, as well. Once in this system, the user will be asked to identify the type of TA that is being sought, the audience, and the goals that the state is seeking to address via this support.

The log-in for the Tracker is: If a state has forgotten its password or has other questions about accessing the Tracker system, then the Commissioner or authorized user can send an e-mail to:

If you have other questions, please contact your CMHS State Project Officer for the Mental Health Block Grant, or Jenifer Urff, NASMHPD Project Director for Training and Technical Assistance, at or via phone at (703) 682-7558.

Thank you!