First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Short Title: 
FR-CARA
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
TI-19-004
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Application Due Date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.243
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.
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (Short Title: FR-CARA) Grants. SAMHSA will award FR-CARA funds to states, tribes and tribal organizations [as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA)], and local governmental entities. Local governmental entities include, but are not limited to, municipal corporations, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships. The purpose of this program is to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will train and provide resources to first responders and members of other key community sectors at the state, tribal, and local governmental levels on carrying and administering a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Recipients will also establish processes, protocols, mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery communities, and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), first responders include firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, or other legally organized and recognized volunteer organizations that respond to adverse opioid related incidents.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • State governments;
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations; and
  • Local governmental entities including, but not limited to, municipal corporations, counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships.

The eligibility for this grant program is statutorily defined in Section 546 of the Public Health Service Act.

Current FR-CARA recipients who received funding in FY 2017 and FY 2018 under SP-17-005 are not eligible to apply.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$16.5 million of which approximately $9 million will be for recipients serving rural communities with high rates of opioid abuse.
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
Up to 45
Anticipated Award Amount: 
$250,000 to $800,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $250,000 - $800,000 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.)

Contact Information
Program Issues

Judith Ellis
SAMHSA/CSAP
(240) 276-2567
judith.ellis@samhsa.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1412
FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Updated: 03/06/2019