CT Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis
(SAMHSA STR Grant)  
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants (Short Title: Opioid STR). The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD) (including prescription opioids as well as illicit drugs such as heroin). These grants will be awarded to states and territories via formula based on unmet need for opioid use disorder treatment and drug poisoning deaths.

Grantees will be required to do the following: use epidemiological data to demonstrate the critical gaps in availability of treatment for OUDs in geographic, demographic, and service level terms; utilize evidence-based implementation strategies to identify which system design models will most rapidly address the gaps in their systems of care; deliver evidence based treatment interventions including medication and psychosocial interventions; and report progress toward increasing availability of treatment for OUD and reducing opioid-related overdose deaths based upon measures developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The program supplements activities pertaining to opioids currently undertaken by the state agency or territory and will support a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic using a strategic planning process to conduct needs and capacity assessments. The results of the assessments will identify gaps and resources from which to build upon existing substance use prevention and treatment activities. Grantees will be required to describe how they will expand access to treatment and recovery. Grantees will also be required to describe how they will advance substance misuse prevention in coordination with other federal efforts such as those funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grantees must use funding to supplement and not supplant existing opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in their state. Grantees are required to describe how they will improve retention in care, using a chronic care model. To the extent applicable, grantees should align STR prevention efforts with CDC’s State’s Opioid Program.

Opioid STR is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the fourth month of the project at the latest.

Please see the following Regional Action Council announcements regarding the new Connecticut State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis - Community Mini Grants due December 8, 2017.
Interested parties should download this RAC contact list to identify which region their town is under. If eligible, applicants should use this application form, and submit it to the designated Regional Action Council no later than 12/8/17.

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