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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

Announcement Number:
HRSA-20-109

Bureau/Office:
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Date(s) to Apply:
05/12/2020 to 07/13/2020

Estimated Award Date:
09/01/2020


What is the program?

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning (RCORP-Planning). RCORP is a multi-year HRSA initiative with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality resulting from substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This funding opportunity, RCORP-Planning, will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding the capacity of rural communities to provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The purpose of RCORP-Planning is to strengthen and expand the capacity of rural communities to engage high-risk populations and provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Recipients will conduct planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums (as defined in Section III.1, “Eligible Applicants”), and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative (see Section IV.2, “Program Specific Instructions” for additional details). While the primary focus of RCORP-Planning is OUD, HRSA recognizes that many individuals with OUD are polysubstance users. Therefore, applicants may also choose to address an additional substance of concern in the target population. RCORP-Planning funds will support 18 months of planning activities. For the purposes of this grant, planning activities are those that prepare a community to provide direct prevention, treatment, and recovery services. In addition to the required core planning activities (see Section IV.2, “Program Specific Instructions” for additional details), examples include (but are not limited to): • Distributing naloxone to individuals/organizations who may need it; • Providing community-based naloxone trainings; • Recruiting and training providers and support staff in medication assisted treatment (NOTE: These grant funds cannot be used to pay providers/support staff to deliver medication assisted treatment); • Creating a strategy to reach and engage individuals at high risk of SUD/OUD; • Working with law enforcement to develop a diversion program; • Training providers, administrative staff, and other relevant stakeholders to optimize reimbursement for treatment encounters through proper coding and billing. Direct services may not be provided using these grant funds. Examples of direct services include (but are not limited to): • Providing Medication Assisted Treatment • Providing peer-based recovery services • Transporting individuals to receive treatment • Paying individuals to administer naloxone. HRSA envisions that RCORP-Planning will establish the foundation for recipients to implement long-term, sustainable SUD/OUD services in the target rural area. HRSA also expects that planning activities will ensure that future OUD/SUD services are affordable and accessible. If awarded you are encouraged to explore multiple avenues for sustainability, including alternate funding sources and optimizing reimbursement for treatment encounters.


Are you eligible?

Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, tribal organizations, and organizations based in the territories and freely associated states. To be eligible, you must serve rural communities at the highest risk for substance use disorder, and meet the RCORP-Planning specifications for the Applicant Organization as described below.
Previous recipients or consortium members of RCORP-Planning, Implementation, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion awards are eligible, but must clearly demonstrate that there is no duplication of effort between the proposed project and any previous RCORP project. If you previously received (or served as a consortium member for) a 2018 RCORP Planning grant, 2019 RCORP Planning grant, 2019 RCORP Implementation Grant, and/or 2019 RCORP MAT Expansion grant, you must include detailed information for each RCORP award in Attachment 6. It is recommended you provide the following information in a table format:
- Name of RCORP award (e.g., RCORP-Planning)
- Dates of award (e.g., September 30, 2018 to September 29, 2019)
- Indicate whether you serve/d as the applicant organization or consortium member
- Target rural service area for past or current RCORP award
o For fully rural counties, list the county and state
o For partially rural counties, list the county, state, and eligible rural census tract(s)
- Brief description of the purpose and activities for past or current RCORP award
- Target rural service area for proposed FY20 RCORP-Planning award
o For fully rural counties, list the county and state
o For partially rural counties, list the county, state, and eligible rural census tract(s)
- Detail how, if funded, activities performed under the FY20 RCORP-Planning grant will complement, and not duplicate in any way, activities performed under current or previous RCORP awards.
- Detail how, if funded, you will sustain efforts and progress achieved under your previous RCORP grant while also completing the proposed project.
Applicant Organization Specifications
Your organization may be located in an urban or rural area. However, all planned activities supported by this program must exclusively target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties.
Your organization should have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to, if selected for the award, immedi

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Sarah O’Donnell, MPH

sodonnell@hrsa.gov

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