Grant Consultants Assist with Finding Federal Grant Money in Unexpected Places to Fight the Opioid Epidemic by AGS Staff


In October 2017, the opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency, which allows the federal government to waive some regulations, gives states more flexibility in how they use federal funds, and expands the use of telemedicine treatment. A public health emergency differs from a national state of emergency, which would have opened funding from the federal Disaster Relief Fund to states.

The following March, Congress passed the omnibus that provides nearly $4B to address the opioid crisis and fulfill the Opioid Initiative by improving law enforcement efforts, supporting treatment and prevention, and stopping the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.

Funding is earmarked for undertaking these initiatives, as well as focusing on affected populations, including rural Americans, veterans, and American Indians and Alaska natives. As a substance abuse issue, many grant funding seekers might have assumed these funds would be distributed through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). However, SAMHSA is only allocating State Opioid Response (SOR) grants and Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) grants.

The omnibus also made funding available through other organizations.

National Institutes of Health’s (NIH):

  • Coordinating Center to support NIDA Rural Opioid HIV & Comorbidity Initiative
  • Developing Mental Medicating to Prevent & Treat Opioid use Disorders & Overdose
  • Science-based Quality Measurement & Management for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
  • Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
  • Addressing the challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health & Health Disparities Research
  • Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazene Drug use among Older Adults
  • Mechanistic Investigations of psychosocial stress effects on opioid use patterns

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP):

  • Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

Administration for Community Living’s (ACL):

  • Research on Opioid use Disorder among people with disabilities

Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC):

  • Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving our youngest crime victims

These grants were released in February, May, and June with the majority released in May and June with a deadline in close proximity to one another. In addition, some organizations found themselves unable to apply because of the new System for Award Management (SAM) and eRA Commons registration and processes.

Tight Submission Deadlines and Process Changes Call for Grant Writing Help

Let us know if you need assistance finding or applying for grants like these. Whether you are a hospital, federally qualified health center (FQHC) mental health center, certified community behavioral health center (CCBHC), substance abuse prevention or treatment center, or a researcher at one of these institutions or a university, our grant consultants not only know where to look for opioid crisis-related grants, but also help you meet tight deadlines and navigate submission process changes.

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