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Deadline: March 21, 2023

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and evidence-based treatment and services for individuals, including youth, and families with substance use disorders (SUDs) or co-occurring mental health conditions and SUDs (CODs) who are experiencing homelessness. This program supports the development and/or expansion of the local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment, peer support, recovery support services, and linkages to sustainable permanent housing.

Funds will support three primary types of activities:
1) behavioral health outreach, treatment and recovery-oriented services;
2) coordination of housing and services to support the implementation and/or enhance long-term sustainability of integrated community systems that provide permanent housing and supportive services; and
3) efforts to engage and connect individuals with SUD or COD, who are experiencing homelessness to resources for health insurance, Medicaid, and mainstream benefits programs (e.g., Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), etc.).

Project implementation is expected to begin by the fourth month of the award.

The following allowable activities are an allowable use of funds but are not required. See solicitation for details.

* Provide training, screening, including laboratory screening and confirmatory testing, counseling, and treatment linkage as appropriate for Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections.
* Initiate steps to reduce HIV/AIDS risk behaviors by clients.
* Provide limited in-reach services, such as outreach and screening, to identify incarcerated individuals who may experience homelessness upon release from a jail or detention facility and provide a post-release housing and behavioral health services plan.
* Provide training in evidence-based practices (EBPs) for service providers, such as medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), intensive case management (ICM), community reinforcement approach (A-CRA).
* Develop and implement tobacco cessation programs, activities, and/or strategies.
* Provide training on the National CLAS standards to service providers to increase awareness and acknowledgment of differences in language, age, culture, racial and ethnic disparities, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity, and life experiences in order to improve the inclusiveness of the service delivery environment and ultimately improve behavioral health
* Provide activities that address behavioral health disparities and the social determinants of health.
* Implement efforts aligned to the award that may expand diversity equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
* Use data to understand who is served and disproportionately served (e.g., overserved or underserved).
* Develop and implement outreach and referral pathways that engage all demographic groups representative of your community.

Awards for the provision of services are intended to fund services or practices that have a demonstrated evidence base and that are appropriate for the population(s) of focus. Grant recipients are expected to use funds to implement high quality programs, practices, and policies that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and equity-based as a means of improving behavioral health. See solicitation for details.

All grant recipients are required to collect and report certain data so that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can meet its obligations under the Government Performance and Results (GPRA) Modernization Act of 2010.

Although awards for the provision of services must be used primarily for direct services, the Department recognizes that infrastructure changes may be needed to implement the services or improve their effectiveness. Up to 10 percent of the total award may be used for non-capitalizable infrastructure development. See solicitation for definitions and details.

Amount: An estimated $15,700,000 is available to make 32 awards of up to $500,000 over a project period of up to five years.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are community-based public and private non-profit entities. States are not eligible to apply.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342876

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