Portman: Under New CARA Grant, New Resources Now Available to Help Local Communities Combat the Heroin Epidemic

January 25, 2017 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is now accepting applications for a new grant program authorized by Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that will provide additional resources for a number of key priorities, including treatment, recovery services, and diversion programs that serve as an alternative to incarceration. This is the third grant program now up and running thanks to CARA. Last week, for the first time ever, the federal government set up a new grant to support recovery support services, and earlier this month, funding for drug and veterans courts was made available. Portman released the following statement:

“This is a major step forward in the fight against addiction. To date, treatment programs for recovering addicts have been unable to keep up with the scourge of drug abuse that has reached epidemic levels. With the new funding awarded in these grants, recovery services, local communities, and those working in the trenches to combat the heroin epidemic will have additional resources to expand treatment options and ensure people get the help they need. Now up and running, this grant, along with the grant programs for recovery-support services and drug and veterans courts already available, will help save lives. I look forward to supporting Ohio efforts to secure this funding and ensuring that the rest of CARA is implemented as quickly as possible.”

NOTE: The DOJ’s grant program includes six categories of funding.  The funding categories include:

  • Category 1: Overdose Outreach Projects – Multiple awards up to $300,000 per applicant
    • This program will fund innovative communities throughout the nation are piloting new approaches to connecting an overdose survivor to services. Models include partnerships between law enforcement and peer recovery coaches or treatment providers, to connect overdose survivors with services in the days that follow an overdose.
  • Category 2: Technology-assisted Treatment projects – Three awards of up to $750,000 per applicant
    • This program is designed as a pilot to demonstrate how technology can be used to expand treatment and recovery support opportunities to justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorders who have limited access to services due to geographic isolation. Funds may be used for innovative technology to conduct substance abuse assessments, to develop and monitor case plans, monitor medication-assisted treatment, and/or deliver cognitive behavioral treatment remotely to justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorders.
  • Category 3: System-level Diversion and Alternative to Incarceration Projects – Multiple awards of up to $400,000 per applicant
    • This program will demonstrate a system-level commitment to establishing effective diversion or alternatives to incarceration programs for individuals with opioid use disorders. The population of focus must primarily be justice-involved individuals with a history of opioid misuse as well as individuals who have come in contact with law enforcement but have not been formally charged
  • Category 4: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects – Multiple awards of up to $100,000 per applicant
    • This program will fund statewide planning, coordination, and implementation projects designed to support initiatives jointly planned and implemented by the state criminal justice agency and the agency primarily responsible for addiction and mental health services.
  • Category 5: Harold Rogers PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Projects – Multiple awards of up to $400,000 per applicant
    • This program will be used to establish or enhance state prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Category 6: Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse – Multiple awards of up to $600,000 for proposed projects that involve a single state. Up to $1 million for proposed projects that are regional in nature and involve more than one state.
    • This program will be used to form multidisciplinary action groups at the state level to collaborate with the PDMP, obtain relevant data sets, perform data analysis and assessment, and communicate with stakeholders.

Eligible applicants include state agencies, units of local government, and federally-recognized Native American and Alaskan tribal governments. DOJ will also accept applications that involve two or more entities, including treatment providers and other not-for-profit agencies, and regional applications that propose to carry out the funded federal award activities.

The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Please contact Linda Greenwood, Grant Coordinator for Senator Portman, at linda_greenwood@portman.senate.gov if you are in need of assistance.

For more information, please see the DOJ announcement here.