The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 PPHF-2014-Access to Recovery (ATR) grants (PPHF-2014). The purpose of this program is to provide funding to Single-State Agencies (SSAs) for substance abuse services in the states, territories, tribes, and tribal organizations to carry-out voucher programs for substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services (including faith-based providers). Intended outcomes include increasing abstinence, improving client choice, expanding access to a comprehensive array of treatment and recovery support service options, strengthening an individual’s capacity to build and sustain a life in recovery, and building sustainability. Monitoring outcomes, tracking costs, and preventing waste, fraud and abuse to ensure accountability and effectiveness in the use of federal funds are also important elements of the ATR program.
A major goal of the ATR program is to ensure that clients have a genuine, free, and independent choice among a network of eligible providers.States, territories, tribes, and tribal organizations are encouraged to develop provider networks that offer an array of clinical treatment and recovery support services that can be expected to result in cost-effective, successful outcomes for the largest number of people.SAMHSA plans to fund a cross-section of previously funded ATR grantees and applicants that have never before received an ATR grant.
The population of focus includes individuals with substance use disorders, including: active military/national guard members, veterans (especially Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom), individuals returning to the community from the criminal justice system, individuals involved with drug courts, clients leaving residential treatment, parenting, pregnant and postpartum women, individuals involved in the child welfare system, and individuals experiencing homelessness.
In accordance with SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Recovery Support, this program aims to guide the behavioral health system and promote individual, program, and system-level approaches that foster health and resilience; increase permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports; and reduce barriers to social inclusion.
The ATR grant program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served. (See Appendix I of this RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities).
ATR is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the fourth month of the project at the latest for new ATR grantees and by the third month for previously funded ATR grantees.
The ATR grants are authorized under Sections 501(d)(5) and 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended and are financed by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014).This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020, Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.