Volume XI, Issue XXX - April 2018

From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery


The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) has received a second year of grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These funds were authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act funding under the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR) program. This second-year award, totaling $16.3 million, continues to support a coordinated state effort to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery support services for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD).

In addition to continuing the projects that were funded in the first year of the Opioid STR program, IDHS/SUPR is releasing a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Access to Medication Assisted Treatment Pilot Grants. Based upon published information about effective MAT models, IDHS/SUPR has allocated $1,000,000 of Opioid STR funds for two (2) Hub and Spoke MAT Pilots that will be implemented in areas of Illinois that currently have relatively few treatment resources for persons with OUD (MAT "deserts"). It is estimated that nearly 1.3 million people in Illinois live in counties without access to MAT services (58 counties). This NOFO will build a foundation for community providers and partners to create a network of services that will be sustainable following the initial grant funding period. The Hub and Spoke Model is recognized as an evidence-based regional approach for delivering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to people who suffer from opioid use disorders. This approach is designed to coordinate opioid use disorder treatment with medical care and counseling, supported by community health staff and services, and effectively treat the whole person as they make their way along the path to recovery.

The competitive funding opportunity is posted at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=105474

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

  • Eligible Applicants: This competitive funding opportunity must include an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) site that is currently licensed by IDHS/SUPR to provide OMT services and is to perform the services of the Hub, and work together with other partners. Applicants must:

a. Be in good standing with the Secretary of State.

b. 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

  • A letter of intent is requested to allow Division staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review. The letter is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application. Applicants are requested to submit a letter of intent on or before June 15, 2018, as indicated in Section D of the NOFO.
  • A Bidder's Conference will be held by webinar on May 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm CDT for interested parties. Participation is not required but is strongly recommended for interested applicants. Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Applications must be received on or before 12:00 pm CDT on June 29, 2018. The completed grant proposal must be emailed to DHS.GrantApp@Illinois.gov with the subject line specified in section D.
  • Applicants are reminded to review all the instructions at https://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 June 15, 2018.