HHS – State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants *Forecast* (2020)

This is a forecasted opportunity. It is estimated to post on February 28, 2019. There is no estimated due date.

The State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program “aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using three FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD) (including prescription opioids, heroin and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs).”

Helpful resources

  • Learn how civil legal aid helps those affected by the opioid crisis in a co-branded NLADA and Justice in Government Project factsheet. On the last page are four examples of partnerships that are currently serving individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
  • The NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.
  • What is a forecasted grant? Some agencies, like HHS, make it easy to learn about “forecasted” grants, or potential funding opportunities. Grant-making agencies, pending budgetary and discretionary spending approvals and federal agency program decisions, often offer previews of their planned funding opportunities.
  • The Justice in Government Project at American University has a grants matrix, where they provide descriptions of state-administered federal pass-through funding, language regarding legal aid, examples, and helpful tips.

Grant information

Funding Title: State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Funding Opportunity Number: TI-20-012

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Legal services could fit in the language describing the purpose of SOR. The FY 2018 SOR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) explains that grantees are “required to employ effective prevention and recovery support services to ensure that individuals are receiving a comprehensive array of services across the spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery.”

Required activities similarly include implementing “service delivery models that enable the full spectrum of treatment and recovery support services that facilitate positive treatment outcomes and long-term recovery.”

In July 2019, Vermont Legal Aid began work under a SOR grant agreement with the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, to establish three Medical-Legal Partnerships with recovery service providers in Chittenden and Washington counties. Through the project, VLA will provide legal advocacy to address health-harming legal needs that constitute barriers to successful recovery through biweekly office hours, trainings, and legal clinics.

Target Population: Individuals in substance use treatment and recovery

Expected Number of Awards: Not listed

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: Not listed

Award Ceiling & Floor: Not listed

How to Apply: Check back in late February when the opportunity is posted.

Current Closing Date for Applications: it is estimated to be due on February 28, 2020. The estimated due date is not yet posted.

Eligible Applicants: Single State Agencies (SSAs) and territories. Legal aid would subgrant.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: Contact Corey Sullivan, 240-276-1213 at FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov

Categories: Department of Health and Human Services, Government Organizations, Medical-Legal Partnerships, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Rural, Subgrant Possibilities, Substance Use Disorder

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