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Multiple SAMHSA vendors ordered to stop work

By Alice Lipowicz, editor, Set-Aside Alert

      In one of the first major actions of President Trump’s “mental health czar,” the axe has come down on a number of small business federal contractors at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

      Trump named Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz to lead SAMHSA last year in part to fight opioid addictions.

      Last month, McCance-Katz called for “revamping” the way SAMHSA delivers technical assistance.

      Shortly afterward, McCance-Katz issued stop-work orders to reportedly more than a dozen contractors--including small businesses--currently providing such technical assistance.

      Now there are questions being raised about those abrupt cancellations and about SAMHSA’s awarding in January of $24 million in technical assistant grants to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), a nonprofit organization based in Rhode Island.

      McCance-Katz served as president of AAAP in 2009 and is currently is one of AAAP’s 26 distinguished fellows. Until joining SAMHSA she also was an associate editor of the AAAP’s journal.

      Prior to winning the two $12 million grants from SAMHSA, the AAAP had received less than $300,000 in federal contracts, according to the Federal Procurement Data System.

      Set-Aside Alert asked McCance-Katz’ spokesman, Christopher Garrett.... more ...

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