SAMHSA is currently recruiting LMFTs and other behavioral health providers to serve as SAMHSA Peer Reviewers. LMFTs interested in serving as peer reviewers are encouraged to send a resume and completed Review Contact Information form to SAMHSA at Reviewer@samhsa.hhs.gov.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA’s Office of Financial Resources (OFR), Division of Grant Review (DGR) is responsible for coordinating the peer review process for non-formula discretionary grant applications.
Processes include: Review of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); Peer Reviewer Recruitment; Application Screening; Collaborative Review and Discrepancy Calls. Peer reviewers are an invaluable and critical component of the non-formula discretionary grant review process. The primary role of the SAMHSA Peer Reviewer is to conduct an expert, equitable and objective assessment of each application in relation to the FOA evaluation criteria as well as provide accurate feedback to SAMHSA and applicants. In order to ensure a fair and objective review, the DGR selects reviewers based on their knowledge, skills and expertise related to the grant program under review. In addition, the DGR assembles peer groups that reflect diversity based on geography, gender, racial/ethnic and sexual and gender minority status.
To ensure that there is a sufficient number of qualified individuals to review for each FOA, the DGR is currently recruiting licensed behavioral health experts to serve as peer reviewers to evaluate applications in response to the requirements of the FOAs. If you are interested in learning more about the SAMHSA peer review process or if you would like to sign up to become a SAMHSA Peer Reviewer, please send a copy of your resume/CV and a completed Reviewer Contact Information (RCI) form to Reviewer@samhsa.hhs.gov.