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FY 2010 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Targeted Areas of Need - Technology Assisted Care (Short Title: TCE - TAC)

(Initial Announcement)


Rquest for Applications (RFA) No.  TI-10-012
Posting on March 10, 2010
Original Receipt date: April 27, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial
Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 27, 2010

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 (SAMHSA/CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Targeted Areas of Need - Technology Assisted Care (TCE - TAC). The purpose of this program is to enhance and/or expand the capacity of substance abuse treatment providers to serve clients who have been underserved because of lack of access to treatment in their immediate community due to transportation concerns, an inadequate number of substance abuse treatment providers in their community, and/or financial constraints, through the use of therapeutic techniques that involve innovative, creative and cost-effective advanced technology.  This approach may include the use of various technological modalities such as Internet, tele-behavioral health, chatlines, videocams, etc.

In order to address the broad needs of this population, SAMHSA/CSAT seeks to increase access, compliance and retention of clients in substance abuse treatment.  Through the use of advanced technology-based treatments, clients will have more frequent contact with providers resulting in a decreased burden on clients and families who have limited or no access to treatment services.  SAMHSA/CSAT is interested in applications from substance abuse treatment providers who have the infrastructure to effectively provide substance abuse treatment and other ancillary services using innovative, creative, and cost-effective techniques for populations such as individuals living in rural areas, those with social phobias, and the elderly. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.  Over the years SAMHSA, in collaboration with other Federal agencies, States, local organizations, and individuals including consumers and the recovery community, has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders.  Behavioral health is a component of service systems and community-wide strategies that improve health status and contain health care and other costs to society.  Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health.  To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services SAMHSA has identified 10 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on people and emerging opportunities.  TCE TAC grantees are expected to address the following two strategic initiatives:

  • Behavioral Health Workforce

    • Increase the number of behavioral health providers skilled in providing technology-assisted care;
    • Improve the training offered in technology-assisted care;
    • Improve the ability of behavioral health workers to deliver services through technological modalities; and

  • Military Families - Support of our service men and women and their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible and outcomes are successful.  As of February 2009, approximately 1.89 million men and women have been deployed to serve in support of overseas contingency operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  Individuals returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk for suffering post-traumatic stress and other related disorders.  Experts estimate that up to one-third of returning veterans will need mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and related services.  In addition, the family members of returning veterans have an increased need for related support services.  To address these concerns, SAMHSA strongly encourages all applicants to consider the unique needs of returning veterans and their families in developing their proposed project.

TCE - TAC is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse prevention and treatment 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 - TAC 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

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.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $2.2 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6
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.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Stella Jones, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1009
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1618

For questions on grants management and budget 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

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Additional Materials

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

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Last updated: 03/10/2010