Office of National Drug Control Policy Releases Resources, Opportunities, Continuing Education Information

The 2020 Rx Drug Abuse Heroin & Drug Summit Call for Presentations is now open. The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by substance use disorder. We encourage proposals from rural and tribal communities. Here is the link to submit a presentation proposal: The deadline is August 23, 2019. There is a limit of 3 presentation proposals per submitter.

Below please find a few resources and opportunities that may be of interest:

  • The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. This notice solicits applications for projects to conduct research on 1) innovative family planning clinical service delivery models and 2) clinical interventions for linking family planning services and substance use disorder screening and treatment. OPA seeks applications from public and private nonprofit entities for up to 10 grants with a ceiling of up to $800,000 each in order to conduct research to improve the delivery of family planning services. Deadline June 14, 2019
  • Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Second Chance Act for state and local government agencies, and Indian tribes seeking to provide reentry services and programs for offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness returning from incarceration. By facilitating successful integration, this program furthers the Department’s mission to reduce recidivism and combat violence, thereby supporting public health and safety. Deadline June 25, 2019
  • USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program provides funds to sponsoring organizations to establish grants or low-interest loan programs for homeowners to repair or rehabilitate individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops owned and/or occupied by very low- and low-income rural persons. Priority will be given to projects designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and/or recovery at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels. Click here to learn more. Deadline July 8,  2019
  • Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (“WANTO”) Technical Assistance Grant Program: The Women’s Bureau (“WB”), U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL,” or “the Department,” or “we”), announce the availability of $1.5 million in grant funds. This program is intended to provide technical assistance (“TA”) to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in apprenticeable occupations and nontraditional occupations (“A/NTO”).  If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Marc Purvis Grants Management Specialist Deadline: July 8, 2019
  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications to support crime victims and to enhance community-driven responses to the current opioid crisis. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, and tribal efforts to assist crime victims. The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as the result of the opioid crisis. Click here to learn more.  Deadline July 11, 2019
  • Public Transportation in Appalachia – Inventory and Assessment: The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invites proposals to conduct research and provide guidance regarding public transportation in the Appalachian Region, with a particular focus on rural public transportation issues.  ARC recognizes that those with reliable access to opportunities and services are more likely to be successful and have a high quality of life than those with poor access.  Public transportation is an important lifeline for those with limited vehicle availability, especially in non-urban areas where biking or walking are unrealistic.  This project will help ARC better understand the extent to which existing public transportation services are adequately creating or enhancing access for disadvantaged populations, particularly in rural areas.  It will also help us better connect transportation, economic development, education, and health practitioners throughout the region to best practices and guidance regarding public transportation. Learn more at Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 12, 2019.
  • WILLIAM G. MCGOWAN CHARITABLE FUND is offering grants in support of programs and initiatives in Colorado, Kansas/Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania that seek to correct, and ultimately eliminate, the circumstances contributing to the condition of homelessness.  Deadline:  Letters of Inquiry 7/15/2019Click here for guidelines and to apply
  • Funding Opportunity Available for Workforce Development! The U.S. Department of Labor is making $29 million available via the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative to implement innovative approaches to provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, incumbent workers, and individuals affected by substance use disorder returning to work. Successful awards, ranging from $150,000 – $2.5 million, will support workforce development activities that prepare eligible participants for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a state, regional, or community economic development strategy. Communities across Appalachia, especially those underserved by other resources, are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply July 15 2019.
  •  DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY is offering the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, an educational opportunity that trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt, with an emphasis on economic, public health, educational, and infrastructure challenges.  Residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Tennessee may apply. Application deadline:  7/16/2019Click here for more information and to apply.
  • NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program: The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides loan repayment assistance for medical, nursing, and behavioral/mental health clinicians with specific training and credentials to provide evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Deadline July 18, 2019
  • CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN, A PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS has issued a Request for Host Applicants. This is an opportunity to host a leadership initiative and/or participate in a learning cohort that connects rural communities to design resources, enabling communities to act on ideas for improvements to a community’s streets, buildings, public spaces, or landscapes to address the specific physical, environmental, social, and economic challenges facing rural areas.  Deadline to apply:  7/22/2019.  Click here to review application guidelines.
  • The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation awards grants to community-based organizations providing care and direct services, education, and/or research in the areas of HIV and AIDS. Grants support both developing and established programs, with an emphasis on direct benefit to clients or target audiences. The foundation has an interest in smaller communities and rural areas. Submit a Letter of Inquiry through the online grant portal by July 26, 2019.
  • Comprehensive Corrections Training and Technical Assistance: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for training and technical assistance providers in eight areas: support to Second Chance Act grantees and practitioners to improve reentry and reduce recidivism and  support to grantees and practitioners to improve correctional substance abuse treatment programming and outcomes for inmates/detainees post-release. Deadline July 31, 2019
  • USDA NIFA – Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) This program was designed to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) in building institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and meet community, reservation or regional challenges.  Awards are to be made on the basis of a competitive review process. Collaboration with 1862 or 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a Non-Land-Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA), or at least one forestry school funded under the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program  is a requirement. Eligible institutions may propose projects in any discipline of the food, agricultural or natural resource sciences. Click here to learn more. Deadline August, 9 2019
  • Rural Health Fellows Program; A year-long, intensive fellowship program designed to develop a community of rural health leaders. The Rural Health Fellows Program is designed to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in the National Rural Health Association, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. Selected participants will meet in person 3 times throughout the year to undergo intensive leadership and advocacy training. Applicants will also participate in conference calls and mentorship activities and should be dedicated to advocating on behalf of rural health. Chick here to learn more. Deadline to apply, August 27, 2019.
  • Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Technical Assistance: The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project provides technical assistance to small hospitals in rural, persistent-poverty areas to help prepare and assist them in moving from a fee-for-service and volume based payment system to one that is dependent on value and quality. Letter of Intent (Required): Sep 15, 2019; Application: Oct 16, 2019


  • Telepsychiatry Pilot in Rural North Dakota Middle School: Southwestern District Health Unit (SWDU) and the Center for Psychiatric Health are implementing a pilot project to bring telepsychiatry services to students at Dickinson Middle School in North Dakota. While the school does have counselors that can provide some mental health services to students, this pilot is expected to dramatically increase access to psychiatric services, specifically, which would normally take students several hours of travel time to access. If successful, this pilot project will be expanded to other schools in North Dakota. Read more.
  • Telemedicine for Infectious Disease Services: Faced with a growing need for and a dwindling supply of ID specialists, health systems are using virtual care platforms to access these experts when and where needed. One organization tooling up to provide tele-ID services is University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.  UPMC Enterprises has developed ID Connect, a connected care platform that now serves 15 hospitals (10 in the UPMC system and five outside) and is aimed at the 4,000 small acute care hospitals across the country who may lack the resources. Read more.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Provides National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for up to up to $11,000,000, with $3,666,667 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Ohio impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. Funding will provide eligible participants disaster-relief employment in positions addressing the impacts of the opioid crisis, such as peer recovery coaches and social service aids assisting children placed in foster care resultant of parental substance abuse. The project will also provide training and employment services to eligible participants impacted by the crisis and seeking careers in in-demand jobs related to addiction, treatment, prevention, and pain management. The state anticipates serving approximately 893 participants in Ohio.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Provides Disaster Relief Employment Funding for West Virginia: The U.S. Department of Labor announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to Workforce West Virginia for up to up to $10,000,000, with $3,333,333 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in West Virginia impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. This grant will provide eligible participants with disaster-relief employment in positions addressing the crisis, such as responders to deliver humanitarian assistance to the opioid-impacted homeless population and peer recovery coaches to help affected individuals navigate the path to recovery. The grant will also provide eligible individuals with training in healthcare professions related to addiction, treatment, prevention, and pain management. West Virginia anticipates serving approximately 534 grant participants in the following metropolitan communities across the state:  Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, and Wheeling.
  •  HRSA awards $24 million to 120 rural organizations for opioid response. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants. Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.
  • ARC Announces Substance Abuse Advisory Council ARC has announced the formation of the Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC) to develop recommendations for ARC to consider as part of a strategic plan to build and strengthen a recovery ecosystems in Appalachian communities. The 24 member volunteer advisory group represents each of the Region’s 13 states, and includes leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. Read the press release.
  • he Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is excited to offer a new training product for peer support specialists about opioid use disorder. Supporting Recovery from Opioid Use: A Peer’s Guide to Person-Centered Care is a one-hour, self-paced course designed to equip peers and other outreach workers with information, resources, and practical tips to help them better understand opioids and their impact on individuals. The course features 4 modules: Role of Peers in Recovery; Opioids and the Brain; Treatment Options; and Supporting Those Using Opioids. Learn about effective treatment options and strategies for using person-centered care to engage people with opioid use disorder in their path to recovery. Click here to learn more.


  • Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities Wed., June 12 at 8:30 am ET. Register here for virtual participation This interactive event hosted by CMS, HRSA, the National Rural Health Association, and others will provide an overview of the state of maternal healthcare in rural communities, with a focus on access to maternal health services before, during, and after pregnancy. The event will be held in Washington, DC, and virtual attendance will be available via webcast.
  • On Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. EDT, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will host a second webinar for potential applicants and other stakeholders interested in the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program. FTA staff will provide further information on the application process, key requirements, including data, and will answer frequently asked questions. FTA announced the $15 million IMI funding opportunity on May 8, and the application period closes on August 6. Don’t miss this chance to learn from FTA about the application process.
  • Telehealth Forum:  The 2019 South Central Telehealth Forum will be held on August 19th & 20th at the Sheraton City Music Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Make sure to check back here for updates on the agenda, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, speaker announcements, and much more!  Click here to learn more.

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