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SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Is Accepting Applications For Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) GAINS Center is currently soliciting applications from communities interested in Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops.

SIM Mapping Workshops are designed to bring together a local, cross-system, multidisciplinary group of key stakeholders from a particular jurisdiction (typically a county) to facilitate collaboration and to identify and discuss ways in which barriers between the criminal justice and behavioral systems can be reduced through the development of integrated local strategic action plans. SIM Mapping Workshop participants are expected to be drawn, in large part, from local criminal justice and behavioral health agencies and organizations.

The GAINS Center is accepting applications for two types of SIM Workshops:

  • Traditional SIM Mapping Workshops: The GAINS Center is soliciting applications from communities that are interested in “traditional” SIM Mapping Workshops that focus broadly on identifying and responding to the needs of adults with mental and substance use disorders who are involved or at risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. 
  • SIM Mapping Workshops to Develop Comprehensive, Community-Wide Strategic Plans for Addressing Opioid and Other Substance Use: The GAINS Center is also soliciting applications from communities that are particularly interested in developing comprehensive, community-wide strategic plans for addressing opioid and other substance use and better identifying and responding to the needs of adults with substance use disorders who are involved or at risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. Applications submitted in response to this solicitation should emphasize resources, gaps, and opportunities, as well as commitment among key stakeholders to addressing these issues. 

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center will provide the SIM Mapping Workshops free of charge to selected applicants, and the workshops will be held between March and August 2023. There are no fees for registration, tuition, or materials associated with these workshops. The GAINS Center will cover all costs associated with pre- and post-workshop planning and coordination, travel and lodging, facilitation, data collection and analysis, and report development.

The GAINS Center plans to conduct all the SIM Mapping Workshops in person.

Interested applicants should select the one workshop option that is most relevant or of greatest interest. To apply for either SIM Mapping Workshop option, please download the corresponding solicitation and application for the chosen option and submit a completed application form no later than November 10, 2022.

The solicitations for both types of workshops can be downloaded at

The application deadline is November 10, 2022.

Informational Webinars:

The GAINS Center will be holding an informational webinar on October 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., ET, and October 20, 2022, at 3 p.m., ET, on what this opportunity includes and how to submit your strongest application. To register for this informational webinar, please select one of the two events below.


– 11/10/2022

Hope Navigation Training Event: Creating a Hope Centered Framework: Responding to Adversity, Stress, and Childhood Trauma

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in collaboration with JBS International, Inc., is excited to announce a limited, in-person training event to learn how to effectively implement Hope science and the power of hope into your systems, events, and organizations.

Dr. Chan Hellman and Dr. Angela Pharris will teach attendees about hope, how to use it, and what it can do for those we hope to reach out to. You and your agency, stakeholder, or community team would attend two days of Hope Navigator training, which will include assistance with implementation of this practice within various systems such as child welfare, police departments, and other victim serving providers.

Please note that two instances of the pre-work informational webinar are offered on August 24 and August 31, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., ET. Speakers Dr. Chad Hellman and Dr. Angela Pharris will discuss the Hope Centered and Trauma Informed training program and provide an overview of Hope Science. Register for one of the webinars at

Access the Hope Navigator Dashboard at for additional information.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Hope Navigator sessions, please reach out to


– 9/15/2022

The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Training Summit

Learn how to enhance deflection programs and improve your community’s behavioral health.

Join the Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) and colleagues from across the country on August 2–5 in Chicago for the 2022 Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Training Summit. Deflection represents the first intercept with the justice system, making it a prime opportunity to redirect adults with substance use disorders and mental health issues from the justice system and connect them with community-based service providers. Learn how to enhance similar programs in your city.

The PTACC Training Summit aims to achieve three goals:

  • Provide an orientation to the field of deflection through a combination of plenary sessions, peer learning opportunities, and workshop activities.
  • Enable deflection teams to plan new programs or enhance existing work. Deflection teams will leave the conference with a structured work plan!
  • Offer advanced deflection practitioners the opportunity to engage in immersive workgroups, focusing on key issues like evaluation and research, sustainability, diversity/equity, and collaboration with 988 initiatives.

Who Should Attend?

This summit is for both individuals and multidisciplinary deflection and pre-arrest diversion teams. Teams who want to develop or enhance a deflection program will work with the field’s leading subject matter experts to develop a structured work plan, curated to fit the needs of their communities.

Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Regency
McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616


For more information about the event, email


– 8/5/2022

Chicago, IL
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