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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

Deadline: July 30, 2018

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning) aims to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder, including the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use.

The overall goal of RCORP-Planning is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the organizational and infrastructural capacity of multi-sector consortiums to address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels:

  • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of opioid use disorder among new and at-risk users, as well as fatal opioid-related overdoses, through activities such as community and provider education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic placement and use of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone, and syringe services programs
  • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for opioid addiction/opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including developing strategies to eliminate or reduce treatment costs to uninsured and underinsured patients.
  • Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery.

The funding in FY 2018 will support RCORP-Planning. In FY 2019 and beyond, there will be additional funds available to provide continued support, including additional grants and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program awards. Consequently, RCORP-Planning awardees are encouraged to cultivate strong county, state, and regional-level partnerships and to incorporate workforce recruitment and retention needs and efforts into planning and capacity building activities throughout the period of performance. For example, RCORP-Planning awardees can use funds to ensure that health care organizations obtain eligibility for placement of rural NHSC clinicians in future years.

While this award provides one year of funding, it is envisioned that these consortiums will work towards becoming operational and sustainable beyond the project year, and that they will have achieved levels of efficiency and service integration and coordination to implement largescale, multi-county or state OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives. It is expected that consortiums will develop plans to ensure that services provided to the target population are affordable and accessible. Therefore, RCORP-Planning awardees are also encouraged to leverage and coordinate their OUD activities with other federal, state, and local OUD resources during the period of performance.

Amount: A total of $15,000,000 is available to award up to 75 grants that range up to $200,000 each.

Eligibility: Domestic public and private entities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations who will serve rural communities at the highest risk for substance use disorder and who meet the RCORP-Planning specifications for the applicant organization and consortium as described below.

Applicant organization specifications: The applicant organization may be located in an urban or rural area, but all activities supported by this program must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties and the consortium overall must be representative of rural entities. The applicant organization should have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to oversee program activities, serve as the fiscal agent for the grant, and ensure that local control for the grant is vested in the target rural communities. If the applicant organization is an urban entity, at least two consortium members involved in the proposed project must be located in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. To ascertain whether a particular county or census tract is rural, please refer to http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/RuralAdvisor/.

Consortium specifications: The applicant organization must be part of a group of entities that have committed to forming a consortium or are part of an established consortium. For the purposes of this program, a consortium is defined as an organizational arrangement among four or more separately owned domestic public or private entities, including the applicant organization. The applicant organization, along with each consortium member who will receive any of the awarded funds, must have separate and different Employer Identification Numbers (EINs). consortium members should come from multiple sectors and disciplines. Consortium members may be located in urban or rural areas, but all activities supported by this program must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties and the consortium overall must be representative of rural entities. To ascertain whether a particular county or census tract is rural, please refer to http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/RuralAdvisor/. Examples of potential consortium members include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care providers
  • HIV and HCV prevention organizations
  • Single State Agencies (SSAs)
  • Prisons
  • Primary Care Offices
  • State Offices of Rural Health
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services entities
  • School systems
  • Primary Care Associations
  • Poison control centers
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program local implementing agencies
  • Healthy Start sites
  • Other social service agencies and organizations

Additional eligibility information: Appendix A of the solicitation gives a listing of eligible counties, but an applicant does not have to be listed in one of the listed counties to be eligible for this opportunity (no New Mexico counties are listed). All rural communities at high-risk for substance use disorder are eligible to apply so long as they meet the programmatic and eligibility criteria. The counties listed in this Appendix reflect only those that were identified by CDC as being at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305116

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