OPIOID CRISIS RESPONSE GRANTS UPDATE AND TWO NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) is receiving over $47 million per year to address the opioid crisis. These funds come from four federal grants awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The most recent award, the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, is for $28.9 million per year for two years. The SOR funds expand or extend ongoing SAMHSA-approved programs and initiate new projects.

A summary of the services, activities and programs that are supported by these federal awards are posted at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=105980 and will be updated on a monthly basis. The latest of these summaries is attached to this Smart Alert.

Two of the new SOR opportunities, Service Enhancement for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with OUD (PPW-OUD) and Hospital Screening and Warm Handoff, were released today on IDHS/SUPR's Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) page at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=101591.

The Service Enhancement for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with OUD (PPW-OUD) opportunity will pilot family-based services to pregnant and postpartum women with a diagnosis of OUD. Pilot programs will include the use of specialized screening, referral, family-based treatment interventions, and recovery support services. Applications are due 11/26/2018.

The Hospital Screening and Warm Handoff funding opportunity will support the creation of hospital-based programs that provide robust, evidence-based screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment and warm handoff services to persons with Opioid Use Disorders and /or Substance Use Disorders (SUD). This initiative provides a potential opportunity for providers to work with hospitals who are on the front line of the opioid crisis. Illinois hospitals have all received a letter inviting them to apply. Providers are encouraged to share this opportunity with their hospital partners and collaborate to develop referral relationships in their communities. Applications are due 12/3/2018.

All applicants are required to provide the requested information as outlined in the NOFO to be considered for funding. Please note that eligible applicants must:

  1. Be in good standing with the Secretary of State.
  2. Complete the GATA pre-qualification process. Applicant agencies will not be eligible for a grant award until they have pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal.

Applicants are reminded to review all the instructions at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=101591 in addition to the information in the NOFO. The NOFO contains further details about the proposal and funding expectations and should provide guidance for any questions. If further clarification is needed, please direct your inquiry to: Joseph.Tracy@illinois.gov with the subject line specified in Section H. The deadline for submitting written questions is indicated in each NOFO.