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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Medical Professional Training Program
(Short Title: SBIRT Training)

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No. : TI-13-002
Posting on Grants.gov: April 19, 2013
Original Receipt date: June 5, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 5, 2013
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 (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Medical Professional Training Program grants (short title: SBIRT Training). The purpose of this program is to develop and implement training programs to teach health professionals (medical residents and students of nursing, social work and counseling) the skills necessary to provide evidence-based screening, brief intervention and brief treatment and to refer patients who are at risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) to appropriate treatment. As shown by data collected from SBIRT cross-site evaluations (SBIRT Cohort I Cross-Site Evaluation Final Report, 2010), the vast majority of SBIRT service providers are nurses, social workers and counselors with the role of the physician as leading the effort through clinical work, advocacy and supervising SBIRT in medical settings. Therefore, these grants will be initiated in programs that teach these health professionals in both didactic and practice settings to promote SBIRT as a strategy for reaching persons at risk for SUD. Grantees will be required to use training curricula developed by the initial cohort of SAMHSA SBIRT Medical Residency grantees. The intended outcomes of this program are to increase the adoption and practice of SBIRT throughout the health care delivery system. SAMHSA expects that SBIRT will be a component of the education curriculum for the identified programs in each academic year for the duration of the grant. The specialty substance use treatment system is often not appropriate, or is unavailable, to those who are at risk for SUD. A key aspect of SBIRT is the integration and coordination of screening and treatment components into a system of services. This system links a community's specialized treatment programs with a network of early intervention and referral activities that are conducted in health care delivery settings.

This program will address workforce development by increasing the number of health care professionals who can address the needs of persons at risk for SUD. The training also promotes the emphasis of the Affordable Care Act on a team approach to the integration of behavioral health into medical health. The SBIRT Training program will support the SAMHSA Health Reform Strategic Initiative and expand access to individuals vulnerable to health disparities.

The SBIRT Training 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.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are medical residency programs and public and private universities and colleges that have or are affiliated with programs for nursing and/or social work and/or counseling.

Eligibility is restricted to these entities because they train health professionals who are most likely to implement SBIRT services to persons at risk of SUDs. These programs have the capacity and structure to train health care personnel in delivering SBIRT services to clients across the range of medical service provision. Data from SAMHSA’s SBIRT cross-site evaluations have shown that the vast majority of clinical providers of SBIRT services are nurses, counselors and social workers, with the role of the physician as leading the effort through clinical work, advocacy and supervising SBIRT in medical settings. SAMHSA believes that these entities have the necessary expertise and teaching structure to best provide training of these health care professionals in delivering SBIRT clinical services.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grants
Anticipated Total Available Funding: Up to $3.77 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 12
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $314,661 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $314,661 per year 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 estimates for this announcement are based on the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution, as reduced by sequestration. Applicants should be aware that final funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:
Walker R. Forman
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1103
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2416
reed.forman@samhsa.hhs.gov

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 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412
eileen.bermudez@samhsa.hhs.gov

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application

1. REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

YOU MUST RESPOND TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE RFA IN PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION.

2. GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE

YOU MUST USE THE FORMS IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.

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: 04/19/2013