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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The purpose of the First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act program is to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Grantees will train and provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and local governmental levels on carrying and administering a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Grantees will also establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities.

Grantees are expected to use grant funds to support the following activities:

  • Make a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose available to be carried and administered by first responders and members of other key community sectors
  • Train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on carrying and administering a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose
  • Establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities, which may include an outreach coordinator or team to connect individuals receiving opioid overdose reversal drugs to follow-up services

Grantees are required to form or join an established advisory council that includes the Office of the Governor or Chief Executive Officer, tribal council, or office of the local chief executive, as applicable; and a core group of agencies identified by the grantee that must include agencies currently engaged in efforts to prevent prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths. This may include first responders, entities that distribute FDA-approved overdose reversal drugs, and representatives of agencies and organizations responsible for substance abuse treatment and recovery support services.

Amount: Up to $10,423,364 per year is available, of which $6,000,000 will be for entities serving rural communities with high rates of opioid abuse. Grants of up to $250,000–$800 000 per year will be made for a period of four years.

Eligibility: States, local governmental entities, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Link: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sp-17-005

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