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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application InformationCenter for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services
(Short Title: TCE/HIV)

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-08-006
Posting on January 18, 2008
Receipt date: March 27, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline Applications are due by March 27, 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 (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year 2008 funds for grants to enhance and expand substance abuse treatment and/or outreach and pretreatment services in conjunction with HIV/AIDS services in African American, Latino/Hispanic, and/or other racial and ethnic communities highly affected by the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

The latest reported AIDS rates (CDC HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2004, Vol. 16) are higher among African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos than other population groups in the United States.  A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control found that AIDS rates surpass 72.1 per 100,000 for non-Hispanic Black, 25.0 per 100,000 for Hispanic, 4.4 per 100,000 for Asian/Pacific Islander and 9.9 per 100,000 for American Indian/Alaska Native adults and adolescents (HIV/AIDS Surveillance Supplemental Report 2006, Vol. 12, No. 1). Therefore, funding will be directed to activities designed to improve the delivery of services to these high risk, underserved populations impacted by HIV in all 50 States, Federal territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

SAMHSA/CSAT encourages applications from organizations that serve African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, based on the most recent estimated living AIDS cases, HIV infections and AIDS mortality among racial and ethnic minorities as reported by CDC.

SAMHSA/CSAT encourages applications from organizations whose board of directors, key staff and management have demonstrated experience serving the targeted minority communities and can document linkages to those populations. They should also be situated in close geographic proximity and accessible to the targeted populations.

SAMHSA/CSAT encourages applications from substance abuse treatment programs and HIV/AIDS service organizations that have a proven record of reaching and serving hardcore, chronic drug users and their sex/needle-sharing partner(s) and facilitating their entry into substance abuse treatment, and who also demonstrate their success in referral, engagement and retention beyond substance abuse treatment including recovery support services.

SAMHSA/CSAT is interested in applications submitted by organizations that can demonstrate ties to grassroots/community-based organizations that are deeply rooted in the culture of the targeted community.

Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse 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.  

As of fall 2007, approximately 1.4 million men and women have been deployed to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in support of the Global War on Terror.  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. 

Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services (TCE/HIV) grants are authorized under 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.  Grantees from the FY 2006 and FY 2007 TCE/HIV cohorts are not eligible to apply for this program.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $19.8 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 50
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $450,000 for treatment services
Up to $350,000 for outreach and pretreatment services

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $450,000 ($350,000 for outreach and pre-treatment) 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 the amount to be awarded for continuation awards in year 5 is expected to be 95% of the amount awarded for continuation awards in year 4.  This is being done to create a pool of funds for supplemental performance based awards (described below).  [Note: Applicants should not reduce their requested fifth year amounts relative to year 4; this adjustment will be made by SAMHSA at the time the year 5 continuation awards are negotiated.]  

Supplemental Awards Based on Performance:  Section VI-2, Administrative and National Policy Requirements, of this RFA discusses a grantee's proposed performance targets and explains that failure to meet stated goals and objectives may result in suspension or termination of the grant award, or in the reduction or withholding of continuation awards.  Conversely, a TCE/HIV grantee that exceeds its performance targets or demonstrates efficiencies may receive a supplemental award based on performance to maintain its high level of performance.

For year 5 of the TCE/HIV grant program, CSAT will review each grantee's Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) data submissions and assess whether a grantee has: 1) met or exceeded its target for the number of clients served by 20 percent or more, 2) met or exceeded its target for 6-month follow-ups, and 3) provided services within approved cost-bands.  Any grantee that has demonstrated appropriate financial management of the grant and has exceeded its targets for the number of clients served by 20 percent or more, exceeded its target for 6-month follow-ups, and provided services within allowable cost bands, may receive a supplemental award of up to 5 percent of the fifth year requested amount based on performance.  Supplemental award amounts will be determined on a sliding scale based on availability of funds and the grantee’s achievement of performance goals and demonstration of sound fiscal management. 

Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA/CSAT does not plan to make supplemental awards to all grantees, and that it is possible that no grantees will receive supplemental awards based on performance.

Eligible grantees will be asked to submit a narrative and budget justification for the supplemental award that maintains the increase in its targets during the final year of the project.  The supplemental award based on performance is for the purpose of the grantee maintaining, at a minimum, the additional number of clients for the remainder the project. A grantee receiving a supplemental award based on performance may be subject to additional site visits and/or audits to verify the accuracy of the client data reported.

Note: The follow-up rate must be at least 80 percent of the number of clients actually served.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

David C. Thompson
Division of Service Improvement
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1007
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1623

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:

Download the complete Announcement No. TI-08-006

UPDATE: Applicants are not required to respond to the third bullet under “Section E: Data Collection and Performance Measurement” of the Evaluation Criteria (see below).

  • Document the appropriateness of the proposed outcome measures for the target population. This should address not only the traditional reliability and validity but also sensitivity to age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, language, disability, literacy, and racial/ethnic characteristics of the target population.

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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