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FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Indirect cost rates for this program may not exceed 8 percent of the total award (exclusive of tuition and fees, expenditures for equipment, and subawards and contracts in excess of $25,000).

Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
Short title: ATTC


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: TI-12-008
Posting on May 25, 2012
Original Receipt date: June 28, 2012

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 28, 2012
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, in partnership with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 for Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) grants. The purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addictions treatment and recovery support services to those in need. In partnership with Single State Authorities, treatment provider associations, addictions counselors, multidisciplinary behavioral health professionals, faith and recovery community leaders, family members of those in recovery, and other stakeholders, the ATTCs assess the training and development needs of the substance use disorders workforce, and develop and conduct training and technology transfer activities to meet identified needs. Particular emphasis is on increasing knowledge and improving skills in using evidence-based and promising treatment/recovery practices in recovery-oriented systems of care.

A qualified, well-trained workforce is central to the successful implementation of SAMHSA's 8 Strategic Initiatives; workforce development is a fundamental component of each Initiative. This program is expected to directly support and enhance SAMHSA's new regional presence. Through the funding of this effort, SAMHSA expects to provide training and technical assistance (TA) which will ultimately lead to a more educated and capable addictions workforce. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the addictions workforce be prepared for the influx of services expected to be needed through the implementation of Health Reform. Specific goals include but are not limited to: the expansion of the number of participants trained; clear application of information gained through training/TA; participant sharing of information gained through training/TA; and demonstrated linkages with Single State Authorities (SSAs).

In conjunction with SAMHSA's establishment of its regional offices, the ATTC structure has been shifted to be more closely aligned to the Department of Health and Human Services regional office structure. The ten regional ATTCs will provide crucial support for addressing behavioral health issues at the regional and local levels. In addition, this program will support four ATTCs with a national focus and one regional coordinating center. These fifteen ATTCs will provide comprehensive support with respect to developing and enhancing the workforce.

In order to maintain consistency and maximize impact, it is critical that the ATTCs remain aligned with SAMHSA's direction and leadership on key priority areas. Examples of priority areas include the recovery definition and principles, emphasis on military families, and health reform enrollment and eligibility efforts. Additionally, SAMHSA is in the process of developing a consensus definition of trauma and trauma informed care and guidelines for the implementation of trauma-informed systems that will have applicability across different service sectors. These efforts build on SAMHSA's multiple investments and multiple directions in trauma work. While these investments have made significant contributions to the field, they have also led to a proliferation of definitions and approaches. This expert consensus process will clarify SAMHSA's trauma-informed approach to care which should be disseminated by its programs, policies and technical assistance entities.

ATTC grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

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 Tribes or 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.

Cost sharing/match are not required in this program.

You must comply with the following three requirements, or your application will be screened out and will not be reviewed:

  1. Use of the SF-424 Application form; Budget Information form SF-424A; Project/Performance Site Location(s) form; Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable; and Checklist
  2. Application submission requirements in Section IV-3 of the RFA
  3. Formatting requirements provided in Appendix A of the RFA

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10.53 million ($9.03 million - SAMHSA funding; $1.5 million - NIDA funding)
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $665,000-$765,000 per year (See Appendix H of the RFA)
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $665,000-$765,000 (depending on the type of ATTC grant for which you are applying) in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project (see Appendix H of the RFA for specific award amounts). 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. NIDA funds will be awarded annually, pending availability of funds. These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Donna Doolin, LSCSW
Division of Services Improvement
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1126
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2965


Deepa Avula, Branch Chief, Quality Improvement and Workforce Development
Division of Services Improvement
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2961

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

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

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Last updated: 05/25/2012