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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of Children and Families Affected By Opioids and Other Substance Abuse

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) seek to expand the evidence base of programs and practices in the broader fields of child welfare and substance abuse treatment. The RPG program does so by:

  1. Requiring grantees to identify and use appropriate practices that are indicated by evidence to be well-supported, supported, promising, or emerging practices
  2. Encouraging grantees to consider adapting these practices for their target populations if needed
  3. Incorporating local and cross-site evaluation into the grant program in order to expand the evidence base on services for families involved in the child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems

The target area and population of the project should include communities in which there are: a number of children in out-of-home placements or who are at risk of being placed in an out-of-home placement due to the substantial impact of opioid abuse and other substance abuse; and have limited availability of resources for addressing the needs of children, adults, and families affected by substance use disorders.

Grantees will implement specific services and activities that address: increasing child and family well-being; improving treatment outcomes for parents; and supporting the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (FFPSA). Grant activities will also support more traditional goals of enhancing safety and improving permanency for children who are in or at risk of being placed in an out-of-home placement as a result of a parent or caretaker’s substance abuse.

Amount: Approximately $18,550,000 is available to make up to seven awards ranging from $1,250,000-$2,650,000 and averaging $2,650,000 for a project period of 60 months.

Eligibility: Regional Partnerships, meaning a collaborative agreement (which may be established on an interstate, state, or intrastate basis) entered into by mandatory and optional partners.

Applicants must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant. Any member of the Regional Partnership is eligible to be a lead applicant provided that: (1) the partner is one of the eligible entities described below, and (2) the member agency or organization has the capacity to sufficiently monitor program activities or services, funding, and reporting requirements.

Mandatory Partners include:

  • The state child welfare agency responsible for the administration of the state plan under the Social Security Act (must be included in the partnership unless it is a Regional Partnership entered into by Indian tribes or tribal consortia)
  • The state agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant provided under the Public Health Service Act
  • The Juvenile Court or Administrative Office of the Court that is most appropriate to oversee the administration of court programs in the region and to address the population of families who come to the attention of the court due to child abuse or neglect, only when the partnership is proposing to serve children in out-of-home placement

Optional Partners include:

  • An Indian tribe or tribal consortium
  • Non-profit or for-profit child welfare service providers
  • Community health service providers, including substance abuse treatment providers
  • Community mental health providers
  • Local law enforcement agencies
  • School personnel
  • Tribal child welfare agencies (or a consortia of the agencies)
  • Any other providers, agencies, personnel, officials, or entities that are related to the provision of child and family services under a State plan approved under the Social Securities Act

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310247

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