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FY 2009 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Targeted Areas of Need-Local Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care
(Short Title: TCE-Local ROSC)

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-09-001
Posting on February 26, 2009
Receipt date: April 28, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 28, 2009
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) 2009 Targeted Capacity Expansion in Targeted Areas of Need-Local Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (TCE-Local ROSC) grants.  This program is designed to foster the development and utilization of local recovery-oriented systems of care to address gaps in treatment capacity by supporting person-centered and self-directed approaches for substance abuse (including alcohol and drug) treatment and recovery services in communities with serious drug problems. The purpose of this program is to expand the community’s ability to provide integrated and comprehensive community-based responses to a targeted, well-documented substance abuse treatment capacity problem and/or improve the quality and intensity of services.  The focus is on providing support for local organizations, including grass-roots, faith- and community-based treatment programs, and recovery community organizations, that can link services critical to the population of focus and deliver them in a manner consistent with the principles of recovery-oriented systems of care.

Recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSCs) support person-centered and self-directed approaches to care that build on the personal responsibility, strengths, and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve sustained health, wellness, and recovery from alcohol and drug problems. ROSCs offer a comprehensive menu of services and supports that can be combined and readily adjusted to meet the individual’s needs and chosen pathway to recovery.  ROSCs encompass and coordinate the operations of multiple systems, providing responsive, outcomes-driven approaches to care, and require an ongoing process of systems improvement that incorporates the experiences of those in recovery and their family members. 

SAMHSA/CSAT intends to fund projects for FY 2009 that expand and enhance treatment within the context of a local ROSC.  The addiction treatment field, using a public health model, is moving toward a recovery-oriented approach that involves linkages to other systems along with a full array of treatment and recovery services that encourages people and families to initiate and remain in treatment and sustain their recovery. This includes networking with other systems, peer recovery support organizations, and other organizations that can provide needed services to those in the population of focus seeking recovery from substance use disorders.

The TCE-Local ROSC 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, units of local government, American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes, and tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging substance abuse problems. 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.

TCE-Local ROSC 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.

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 $5.1 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 13
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.

Funding for this program is subject to the enactment of a final budget for FY 2009.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on potential funding scenarios that reflect early Congressional action on the SAMHSA appropriation but do not reflect final conference action on the 2009 budget.  Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to fully fund this program.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Cathy Nugent
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857

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, Maryland 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.

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: 03/27/2009