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First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grants

Grants to USA Agencies and Tribal Organizations to Enable
First Responders to Administer Opioid Overdose Treatment

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Deadline Date:

05/17/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA state and local government agencies and tribal agencies and organizations for resources and training to enable first responders to administer opioid overdose treatments. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to six weeks to complete. Rural high-need communities will be given preference.

The purpose of this 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 (FD&C Act) for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients 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 FD&C Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will also establish processes, protocols, mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs.

For the purposes of this FOA, first responders include firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, or other legally organized and recognized volunteer organizations that respond to adverse opioid related incidents.

FR-CARA grant funds must be used primarily to support the following activities:

  • Make device approved or cleared under the FD&C Act available for emergency reversal 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 device approved or cleared under the FD&C Act for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose;
  • Train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs; and
  • Establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and education on safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs. To facilitate the referral processes, you may hire an outreach coordinator or establish a team to connect individuals receiving opioid overdose reversal drugs to follow-up services.

Grant funds may also support the following types of activities:

  • Collaborate with health care providers to educate them on overdose dangers and recommend that they consider providing resources to overdose victims and families, including information on treatment and recovery.
  • Collaborate with established peer services to establish protocols to implement warm handoffs after opioid reversal events.
  • Provide public education on any state “Good Samaritan” laws, such as those that permit bystanders to alert emergency responders to an overdose or to administer FDA-approved overdose reversal drugs without fear of civil or criminal penalties.
  • Form or join an established advisory council that provides ongoing advice and guidance to the program throughout the four years of the grant and creates workgroups to monitor progress, review evaluation reports, and ensure the goals of the project are being met.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185550

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,900,000

Number of Grants:

15-20 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $250,000 - $800,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

- States: Up to $800,000 per year
- Local Governmental Entities: Up to $500,000 per year
- Tribes/Tribal Organizations: Up to $250,000 per year

A minimum of $4.5M of the funds available for awards will be dedicated to rural communities of high need.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: September 30, 2021
Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are:
- State governments;
- Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations; and
- Local governmental entities including, but not limited to, municipal corporations, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships.

The eligibility for this grant program is statutorily defined in Section 546 of the Public Health Service Act.

For the definitions of Tribal and Urban Indian Organizations: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/fy-2021-fr-cara-foa.pdf#page=12

FR-CARA grant recipients who received their initial funding in 2018 under the FR-CARA FOA (SP-17-005) are not eligible to apply.

FR-CARA grant recipients who received their initial funding in 2019 or 2020 under the FR-CARA FOA (TI-19-004) are not eligible to apply.

The funding restrictions for this project are as follows:
- No more than 20 percent of the grant award for the budget period may be used for data collection, performance measurement, and performance assessment expenses.
- Recipients may use up to 10 percent of funds for state, tribal or local governmental level administrative costs.
- SAMHSA grant award funds must not be used for the same activities that are funded by HRSA, CDC, or other SAMHSA programs.
- Only drugs or devices approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose may be purchased with FR-CARA funds.

For further funding restrictions, see https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/fy-2021-fr-cara-foa.pdf#page=50.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on May 17, 2021.

All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you must start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process.

Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov. Grants.gov is an online portal for submitting federal grant applications. It requires a one-time registration in order to submit applications. While Grants.gov registration is a one-time only registration process, it consists of multiple subregistration processes (i.e., DUNS number and SAM registrations) before you can submit your application. [Note: eRA Commons registration is separate].

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participate(s). Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate state and local health agencies by the application deadline. Comments from the Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after the application deadline.

Applying for a New SAMHSA Grant: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/applying

Application Forms and Resources: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/applying/forms-resources

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332233

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For program related and eligibility questions contact:

Judith Ellis
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-2567
CSAP.DSP@samhsa.hhs.gov

For fiscal/budget related questions contact:

Corey Sullivan
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1213
FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov

For grant review process and application status questions contact:

Irvin Moore
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grant Review
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1003
Irvin.Moore@samhsa.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.243

Funding or Pin Number:

TI-21-009

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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