About Us

CAPS at George Mason University was a grant recipient for the 2012 SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, a 3-year grant initiative sponsored by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Created in memory of his son, Garrett Lee Smith, Senator Gordon Smith along with his wife Sharon, have promoted the creation and funding of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which has since provided funding for 68 state, territory, and tribal and community grants, as well as 74 college campus grants. In 2011, $6.8 million was dedicated to this grant for programs operating from 2012-2015, George Mason University was one of the 74 recipients. The purposes of the grant is to provide and promote:

  • Mental health and substance use disorder services including prevention, promotion of mental health and voluntary screening.

  • The development and implementation of evidence-based and emerging best practices.

  • Educational and outreach activities on suicide prevention.

  • The employment and training of personnel.

For more information about the story of Garrett Smith or information on the GLSMA, visit:

http://www.jaredstory.com/garrett_smith.html or http://www.samhsa.gov/.