U.S. Department of Agriculture: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants – Opioid
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.
The DLT Opioid Program seeks applications that specifically support treatment for, and prevention of, opioid use disorder in rural areas. Applications should address how they will strengthen local capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas:
- Prevention—For example, educating community members and care providers or implementing harm reduction strategies to reduce the number of fatal opioid-related overdoses and the occurrence of opioid use disorder among new and at-risk users
- Treatment—For example, implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for opioid use disorder treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment
- Recovery—For example, expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people with opioid use disorder start recovery and avoid relapse
Applications with end-user sites that are in one or more of the at-risk counties will receive additional points in the competitive scoring process. These at-risk counties are listed on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/pwid/vulnerable-counties-data.html. No areas in New Mexico are listed as at risk.
Amount: Approximately $10,154,573 is available to make up to 40 awards ranging from $50,000-$500,000. Grant applicants must demonstrate matching contributions, in cash or in kind, of at least 15 percent of the grant amount requested.
Eligibility: Incorporated organizations; Indian tribe or tribal organizations; states or local units of government; a consortium; or other legal entities, including private corporations organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.
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