MESSAGE FROM SAMHSA: Its official. Section 1815(a)(2) of Public Law 112-10 (below), stipulates that no funds will be available for NASPER. Accordingly, there will be no NASPER grants for FY-2011. There may be additional formal instructions forthcoming for current and those States preparing applications, but, it’s important for States who are working on applications now. #

“While the federal decision pertains to the remainder of the current fiscal year, it shows that there is reason to be concerned for the long-term health of the NASPER funds,” said Giordano, following the release. #

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