Volume XII, Issue VIII - August 2018

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


In June 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) # TI-18-015, State Opioid Response Grants (SOR). This SAMHSA grant program expands upon the federal funds made available to states and territories to address the opioid crisis in this country. This grant program's stated aim is "to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs)." The grants awarded to states and territories are formula-based. Illinois is targeted to receive $28,569,209 in each of two years through this Grant program. The service initiatives included in the Illinois SOR grant application are designed to expand upon the services supported through the SAMHSA - STR grant that was awarded to Illinois in May 2017.

IDHS/SUPR is releasing a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), "Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) - SOR" that will continue the work that has begun with the newly-funded Access to Medication Assisted Treatment Pilot Grants, using the Hub and Spoke Model to be implemented in areas of Illinois that currently have no access to MAT services (MAT deserts). IDHS/SUPR has allocated $1,500,000 of SAMHSA-SOR funds for three (3) new Hub and Spoke projects targeted to unserved MAT deserts. Nearly 1.3 million people in Illinois (57 counties) do not have local access to this treatment. 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=110580

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 a lead entity that is currently licensed by IDHS/SUPR and who will be able to perform the services of the Hub, and together with other partners:

  1. Are 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.
  • 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 September 28, 2018, as indicated in Section D of the NOFO.
  • A Bidder's Conference will be held by webinar on August 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm CDT for interested parties. Participation is not required but is strongly recommended for interested applicants. Please register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7783764263068268034

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 October 15, 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 September 28, 2018.