HRSA Funding | Substance Abuse Service Expansion (Due Sept. 28, 2015)

HRSA - Health Resources adn Services AdministrationThe Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion is a competitive supplement for grant funds that will improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services provided by existing Health Center Program award recipients, with a focus on Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) in opioid use disorders. HRSA plans to award approximately $100 million to an estimated 310 applicants in FY 2016. Below is a summary of the opportunity.

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Please note the opportunity for developing services to increase HCV screening listed in the option goals for this FOA.

Technical Assistance

View the slide presentation of the first Technical Assistance Webinar for Applicants (PDF)

A supplemental TA webinar “HRSA Health Center Program Substance Abuse Service Expansion Technical Assistance Webinar” will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 2 to 3 pm ET to share information about resources from SAMHSA and CDC to assist health centers with improving and expanding the delivery of substance use disorder services, including providing medication-assisted treatment.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be existing Health Center Program award recipients funded under section 330(e), (g), (h), and/or (i) of the Public Health Service Act that did not receive initial Health Center Program funding as a new start/new award recipient in FY 2015 (via a New Access Point, Service Area Competition, or Service Area Competition – Additional Area grant award). Organizations that received competing continuation or competing supplement funding under these announcements in FY 2015 are eligible to apply.

Application Deadlines

Application components must be submitted via and EHB. Applications are due in by September 28, 2015, at 11:59 PM ET, and in EHB by October 14, 2015, by 5:00 PM ET. EHB will open for submission of application components on August 7, 2015.

Project Requirements

1.      Required Goals

  • Establish or enhance an integrated primary care/behavioral health model.
  • Increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to treatment via Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and other evidence-based practices.
  • Increase the number of patients with health center-funded access to MAT for opioid use and other substance use disorders treatment by:
  • Adding at least 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) substance abuse services provider(s) directly and/or through contract(s) within 120 days of award; and
  • Adding new or enhancing existing substance abuse services directly and/or through contract(s) within 120 days of award.
  • Coordinate services necessary for patients to achieve and sustain recovery.
  • Provide training and educational resources, including updated prescriber guidelines, to assist health professionals in making informed prescribing decisions and address the over-prescribing of opioids.

2.      Optional Goals

  • Increase education, screening, care coordination, risk reduction interventions, and/or counseling regarding the availability of testing, treatment, and clinical management for patients with or at risk of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other diseases associated with opioid use disorders.
  • Enhance clinical workflows to improve substance abuse services.
  • Enhance the use of health information technologies to improve the effectiveness of substance abuse services and increase patient engagement.
  • Educate patients and/or community members on opioid use disorders, including the use of opioid antagonists in preventing opioid overdose.




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