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FY 2011 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreement for the Drug Demand Reduction Initiative for Iraq

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-11-011
Posting on April 8, 2011
Original Receipt date: May 24, 2011
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by May 24, 2011
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, in collaboration with the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is accepting applications for a fiscal year (FY) 2011 Cooperative Agreement for the Drug Demand Reduction Initiative for Iraq. The purpose of this program is to enhance substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services in Iraq.

Toward this goal, the grantee will provide support to Iraq's Ministry of Health (MOH) for the development of a Center of Excellence on Substance Abuse Services (COE-SAS) at Baghdad's Medical City complex. Through training and technical assistance, the grantee will support the following activities:

  • Develop a strategic plan for the establishment of the COE-SAS that will phase in substance abuse training and research activities for Iraqi providers and program administrators to acquire new therapeutic, business and research skills.
  • Assess the training and development needs of Iraqi staff and other health care providers, and provide intensive training (mainly in the Middle East) in substance abuse and recovery support services, in order to develop clinical skills.
  • Develop a cadre of primary care providers trained to screen and diagnose substance use disorders and provide brief interventions, and to refer patients who need more intensive treatment to ongoing treatment and recovery support services (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment - SBIRT).
  • Establish a Community Epidemiology Workgroup which will secure updated information on the nature and extent of the substance abuse problem in Iraq while building epidemiological capacity.
  • Identify Iraqi candidates to become substance abuse researchers in order to build research capacity.

With this program, SAMHSA and the State Department expect a reduction in drug-related crime in Iraq by addressing and reducing the demand for drugs in Iraq. This initiative builds on work begun as part of the 2010 Iraq-SAMHSA Initiative, which supported a team of behavioral health professionals from the Government of Iraq (GOI Team) who visited substance abuse sites in the U.S. to learn about establishing substance abuse services and training.


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.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $770,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: $770,000
Length of Project Period: 1 year

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Donna Doolin, LSCSW
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

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Love Foster-Horton
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) 276-1653

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application



2. GRANT Application Package


Additional Materials

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

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Last updated: 04/11/2011