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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

Deadline: February 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts (ATDC) and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide SUD treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

Recipients will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective SUD treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties. Applicants should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients increasing the number of individuals served and the gaps in the continuum of treatment for individuals in these courts who have treatment needs for SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Grant funds must be used to serve people diagnosed with a SUD as their primary condition. SAMHSA will use discretion in allocating funding for these awards, taking into consideration the specific drug court model (ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts), as appropriate, the number of applications received per model type, and geographic distribution.

An applicant should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients. For example, if an ATDC currently serves 50 persons per year and has a waiting list of 50 persons (but lacks funding to serve these persons), the applicant should propose to expand service capacity to be able to admit some or all of those persons on the waiting list or add a new location. An applicant may also propose service enhancements for adding medication and technology assisted care, such as telehealth models to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. Grant funds should not be used for the general operation and management of ATDCs, including salaries for staff such as judges, court clerks, probation officers, and staff who are not actively involved in the therapeutic process, or referral to and entry into treatment for SUDs and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Recipients should serve a minimum of 40 clients per year.

Amount: $15,200,000 is available for 38 awards of up to $400,000 per year for five years.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments with direct involvement with the adult treatment drug court/Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, such as:

  • State governments; the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town, and individual adult treatment drug courts.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

This grant program is not intended to provide start-up funds to create new ATDCs or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Eligible drug courts must be operational on or before September 1, 2018.

Link: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-008

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