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 Substance Abuse Block Grant Reports

Statewide Needs and Assessment Planning Report

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Statewide Needs Assessment Planning (SNAP) report is an informative biannual needs assessment on substance use disorder services in California. The report is required of all single state agencies receiving federal Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) funds. DHCS thanks you for your comments on the draft SNAP Report during the comment period. 

Two links to the SNAP report are available below:

  1. An ADA (American with Disabilities Act) complaint PDF in black and white--SNAP Report (PDF)
  2. A non-ADA PDF in full color--SNAP Report (PDF)

Substance Abuse Block Grant Application and Plan

DHCS submitted the 2016-17 SABG application and plan in September 2015. The SABG application describes the plan for provision of prevention and treatment programs in California. The federal funds awarded through the block grant represent a major source of funding for substance use disorder services.

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a number of informational resources for completing the FFY 2016-17 SABG Application and Plan, including step-by-step instructions for completing the application and plan.  

Synar Report

The annual Synar Report describes the progress California and other states have made in enforcing youth tobacco access laws and future plans to reduce youth tobacco access rates as required by the federal Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 300x–26]. The law requires all states to have in effect a law making it unlawful for any manufacturer, retailer, or distributor of tobacco products to sell or distribute any such product to any individual under age 18 and to conduct random, unannounced inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

States are required to report this information annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Compliance with the annual Synar Report requirements is a condition of California’s annual funding under the SABG. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to penalties (reductions) in the SABG award.
Last modified on: 8/14/2017 1:09 PM