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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

Deadline: May 6, 2019

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year, opioid-focused initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities at the highest risk for SUD. RCORP-Implementation grants will help rural residents access treatment and move towards recovery. Award recipients will implement robust, evidence-based interventions and promising practice models to expand access to, and strengthen the quality of, SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-risk rural communities.

RCORP-Implementation focus areas include:

  • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence and associated risk of OUD among new and at-risk users (including polysubstance users), as well as fatal opioid-related overdoses, and promoting infectious disease detection through activities such as community and provider education, harm reduction strategies, and referral to treatment and recovery support services
  • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with psychosocial intervention, and eliminating or reducing treatment costs for uninsured and underinsured patients
  • Recovery: Implementing or expanding access to recovery and treatment options that help people battling OUD (including those with polysubstance disorders) start and stay in recovery, including ensuring access to support services such as, but not limited to, transportation, housing, peer recovery, case management, employment assistance, and child care

It is expected that RCORP-Implementation award recipients will:

  • Leverage other available opioid resources at the federal, state, and local levels to maximize program impact
  • Expand the ability of providers to bill for treatment services
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact and outcomes of SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities
  • Develop a long-term strategy to achieve financial and operational sustainability absent federal funding and address the future needs of the community

Amount: A total of $75,000,000 is available to make up to 75 awards.

Eligibility: All domestic public or private non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations serving rural communities at the highest risk for SUD. All activities supported must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. The applicant organization may be located in an urban or rural area and should have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to oversee program activities, serve as the fiscal agent for the award, and ensure that local control for the award is vested in the targeted rural communities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311848

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