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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Adult Criminal Justice Populations
Short title: Adult Criminal Justice Treatment)

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-08-012
Posting on March 13, 2008
Receipt date: May 2, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 2, 2008

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates.  Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 Adult Criminal Justice Treatment grants.  This program is designed to address gaps in substance abuse treatment services for adult individuals involved with the criminal justice system by supporting rapid and strategic responses to demands for substance abuse (including alcohol and drug) treatment services in communities with serious, emerging drug problems as well as communities with innovative solutions to unmet needs.  The purpose of this program is to expand and or/enhance the community’s ability to provide a comprehensive, integrated, and community-based response to a targeted, well-documented substance abuse treatment capacity problem and/or improve the quality and intensity of services for adult individuals in the community who are involved with the criminal justice system.  To address the broad needs of this population, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment seeks to increase substance abuse treatment and recovery services for persons who are substance-involved, substance-dependent, have a substance abuse disorder or a co-occurring disorder and are involved in community justice systems.  Given the linkage between drugs and crime it is intended that these grants will help decrease recidivism and drug use for adults involved with the criminal justice system.  Metrics such as SAMHSA’s National Outcomes Measures along with additional criminal justice measures as captured by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Client Level Tool will be used to measure achievement of this goal. 

The targeted population of the Adult Criminal Justice Treatment (ACJT) grant is adult individuals who are under some form of the judicial or community justice supervision and who are: 1) screened and assessed as substance-involved; and/or 2) have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder or co-occurring disorder of substance abuse and mental health.  These individuals must be under the supervision of the judiciary or community justice/corrections agencies (such as probation, parole, community corrections).  SAMHSA funds treatment and recovery services for individuals in the community.  Therefore, funding cannot be used for providing services to incarcerated populations (defined as those persons in jail, prison, detention facilities or in custody where they are not free to move about in the community).  Also, this RFA precludes drug courts from applying because SAMHSA/CSAT offers funding for grants specific to drug courts.  Applicants are encouraged to give priority to expanding and/or enhancing substance abuse treatment and recovery services for returning veterans and chronic inebriates who are part of the targeted criminal justice population. 

The ACJT grant program is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse services and/or to increase the ability of States, localities, tribes, urban Indian centers and/or tribal organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging substance abuse problems.  For example, a community might seek an Adult Criminal Justice Treatment grant to add state-of-the-art treatment approaches or new services to address emerging trends or unmet needs (e.g., intensive case management and referral to services to address related HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, and other primary health care needs of substance abusing clients) and other co-occurring issues (substance abuse and mental health).

SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award.  Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.

Adult Criminal Justice Treatment grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.  For example, State and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges; and community- and faith-based organizations may apply.  

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN Tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities.  Consortia of tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies. 

Treatment drug courts are not eligible to apply nor will treatment drug courts be funded under this announcement.  SAMHSA/CSAT offers funding for grants specific to treatment drug courts under a separate announcement.

Funding is not designed to meet Statewide treatment needs, but to meet the needs of individual communities in cities, towns, counties, and multi-county partnerships.  Therefore, States that apply must identify a specific city, town, county or multi-county partnership that will be the targeted geographic area of need.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: Up to $2.7 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 7
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.  Applicants should be aware that funding for this program is not included in the FY 2009 President’s budget request, and funding beyond FY 2008 is not guaranteed.  SAMHSA is allowing applicants to submit proposals for two additional budget years for planning purposes and for technical assistance in sustainability activities. 

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Kenneth Robertson    
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1001
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1621    

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-08-012

MS Word Format Download RFA in MS Word format
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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