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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Opioid Treatment Program Accreditation Grants
Short Title:  Accreditation of OTPs

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-08-008
Posting on November 2, 2007
Receipt date: January 8, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No
.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by January 8, 2008.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 for Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Accreditation grants.  The purpose of this program is to reduce the costs of basic accreditation education and accreditation/reaccreditation surveys (site visits) for OTPs participating in the accreditation process pursuant to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 8 (42 CFR Part 8).  A copy of 42 CFR Part 8 is available at  CSAT is announcing the OTP Accreditation Program for a final cycle of 3 years.

This grant program was introduced to assist OTPs in transitioning to the new accreditation process. It was important for SAMHSA to assist in the transition to accreditation to ensure continuity of OTP operations and prevent instability in the provision of treatment services, to improve the quality of treatment in opioid treatment programs and to ensure that OTPs meet minimum standards of care.  The current OTP Accreditation Grant Program, which expires March 2008, has provided funding for six grantees to conduct a second round of accreditation surveys for approximately 1167 OTPs.

The OTP Accreditation Grant Program was never intended to become permanent.  Now that the vast majority of the OTPs have been reaccredited, CSAT believes it is time to phase out the program. 

During this cycle, the support available to defray the costs of basic accreditation education and accreditation surveys will be reduced by about 50 percent from the level available under previous cycles of the program.  This final grant cycle will allow OTPs to prepare to assume the full costs of accreditation after the program ends.


Only SAMHSA approved accreditation bodies are eligible applicants.  This is because under Federal regulation, "The Final Rule on Opioid Drugs in Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction" (42 CFR Part 8), private nonprofit organizations or State governmental agencies, or political subdivisions thereof, must be approved by SAMHSA in order to conduct accreditation processes and site visits with OTPs. Therefore, grant applications from organizations that have not met the regulatory requirements, i.e., have not been approved by SAMHSA as an accreditation body, will not be considered for an award.  At present, the only six eligible applicants are the following SAMHSA-approved accreditation bodies: CARF, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission; the Council on Accreditation; the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Washington Department of Social and Health Services; the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, State of Missouri; and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $1,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 6
Anticipated Award Amount:

$7,500 to $500,000 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

The amount of an individual award is expected to range between $7,500 and $500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  The maximum allowable annual award is $500,000 in total costs.  The amount of an award will be determined by an estimate of the number of OTPs the grantee is expected to accredit/reaccredit.  For example, SAMHSA-approved accreditation bodies that are State organizations will accredit only OTPs in their State.  These currently total less than 20 OTPs.  Other accrediting body applicants will estimate the number of OTPs already planned for or expected to apply for accreditation or reaccreditation in their grant applications.  During each triennial accreditation cycle, OTPs are permitted to change accreditation bodies in some circumstances.  Award amounts will be determined based on the information provided in the application and an equitable distribution will be determined during the award decision-making process.

When preparing your budget, you must adhere to the following guidelines/limitations:

-  Basic OTP accreditation and reaccreditation education is limited to $500 or less per OTP.

-  The actual cost of conducting site visits for accreditation, reaccreditation, monitoring purposes or "for-cause" visits is limited to $2,000 or less per site visit.

Proposed budgets cannot exceed the allowable amount in any year of the proposed project.
Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting program goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

This program is being announced prior to the annual appropriation for FY 2008 for SAMHSA's programs, with funding estimates based on the President's budget request for FY 2008.  Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated for FY 2008 to permit funding of a reasonable number of applications hereby solicited.  All applicants are reminded, however, that we cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to permit SAMHSA to fund any applications.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Alina Walizada
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 2-1090
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-2755 

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kathleen Sample
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1089
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1407

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Download the complete Announcement No. TI-08-008

MS Word Format Download RFA in MS Word format
PDF Format Download RFA in Adobe PDF format

You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:


Last updated: 12/12/2008