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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Offender Reentry Program
(Short Title: ORP)

An error was made in the distribution of points among the project narrative sections in the ORP RFA (TI-13-007).   Please download the revised RFA with the corrected point distribution.


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: TI-13-007
Posting on February 14, 2013
RFA Revision Date: March 19,2013
Original Receipt date: April 16, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 16, 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 for the Offender Reentry Program grants. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal offenses. Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based substance abuse treatment and related reentry services. Because reentry transition must begin in the correctional facility before release, limited funding may be used for certain activities in institutional correctional settings in addition to the expected community-based services.

The Offender Reentry Program (hereafter referred to as ORP), provides an opportunity for stakeholders to work together to give adult offenders/ex-offenders with substance use and/or co-occurring mental disorders the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use and mental disorders and developing the capacity and skills to become parents, employees and citizens in recovery from behavioral health disorders. SAMHSA's interest is to actively support and shape offender reentry treatment partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional criminal justice model. A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for adults needing substance abuse treatment and recovery support services as they return to the community from incarceration.

In alignment with the goals of SAMHSA's Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative, this program will help "reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice systems". By providing needed treatment and recovery services, this program is intended to reduce the health and social costs of substance abuse and dependence to the public, and increase the safety of America's citizens by reducing substance abuse related crime and violence.

ORP is one of SAMHSA's services grant programs. (See Appendix L of the RFA for additional background information.) 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. This 4-month start up is provided as a standard because of SAMHSA's need to collect and report performance data for the first year of the program.

ORP 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.

In order to reduce duplication of federal efforts, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) institutions, and it's various correctional/community corrections facilities and programs, are not eligible to apply for an ORP grant. Additionally, if you propose to serve offenders who are currently in the BOP, or its various correctional/community corrections institutions and programs, your application will not be reviewed and will not be considered for an award.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grants
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $4.393 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 10
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $430,000 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $430,000 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 an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Jon D. Berg
Public Health Advisor
Targeted Populations Branch, Division of Services Improvement
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1002
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1609

For questions on 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

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant 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: 02/14/2013