Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Substance Abuse Block Grant Reports

Statewide Needs and Assessment Planning Report

The Statewide Needs Assessment and Planning (SNAP) report is a biennial needs assessment on substance use disorder (SUD) services in California, and is required of all single state agencies receiving federal Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) funds.

If you have any comments or questions about the SNAP Report, please e-mail your comments to

Substance Abuse Block Grant Application and Plan

DHCS submitted the Federal Fiscal Year 2018-19 SABG application and plan in September 2017. 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 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: 12/8/2017 2:03 PM