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Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children and Families Affected By Opioids and Other Substance Abuse

Grants to USA Tribes, Nonprofits, For-Profits, School Personnel, and
Agencies to Integrate Services for Children Affected by Substance Abuse

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Children's Bureau (CB)

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 4:30 PM ET Receipt of paper applications; 11:59 PM Electronic submission

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit, for-profit, and Tribal child welfare and mental health service providers and school personnel partnering with eligible state agencies to integrate child welfare services for children affected by substance abuse. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The purpose of this FOA is to establish, by cooperative agreement, Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) projects designed to increase well-being, improve permanency, and enhance the safety of children who are in, or at risk of, an out-of-home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's opioid or other substance abuse. These RPG projects will provide activities and services through interagency collaboration and integration of programs. Successful applicants will have a collaborative infrastructure in place that is capable of building the region's capacity to meet a broad range of needs for families involved with child welfare systems, substance use disorder treatment, courts, and other related service organizations.

The RPG program aims to build evidence on the effectiveness of targeted approaches that improve outcomes for children and families affected by opioids and other substance use disorders. To this end, grantees will evaluate their local program; select and report on performance indicators that align with proposed program strategies and activities; and participate in a national cross-site evaluation that will describe outcomes for children, adults, and families enrolled in RPG projects as well as the outcomes of the partnerships.

Examples of services and activities that grantees will engage in or integrate into existing service delivery systems include the following:

- Services and activities for children and youth that address child well-being and trauma, including screening and assessment of child well-being, enhancing identification and services to substance-exposed newborns, access to appropriate mental and behavioral health services, and early intervention and preventive services;
- Quality substance use disorder treatment for parents and families including access to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment programs where children can live on site with parents (often the mother). The programs are designed to meet the needs of the entire family by providing access to medication-assisted treatment, in-home substance use disorder treatment, trauma-specific services, and continuing care and recovery support;
- Services designed to specifically address violence and trauma-related symptoms and reactions; and
- Services for parents and children that improve parenting capacity and family functioning, including efforts to build or enhance parental protective factors, parenting skills training programs to address relational problems and concerns, training for foster or relative care providers, services and interventions to improve family functioning and assist with reunification, and ancillary services for families to support securing needed services including housing, transportation, and child care.

For details on Project Requirements, see: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CU-1568_0.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128909

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$18,550,000

Number of Grants:

7

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $2,650,000
Award Floor: $1,250,000
Average Projected Award Amount: $2,650,000 Per Project Period

Grantees must spend no more and no less than $250,000 in the first year, Planning Phase, and should anticipate spending approximately one-fourth of the remaining project award per each 12-month period of the Implementation Phase.

Each grantee must spend no more than $1,000,000 and no less than $250,000 per 12-month period of the Implementation Phase beginning 9/30/2020.

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with 60-month budget period. This includes a one-year Planning Phase, and a four-year Implementation Phase.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Secretary has the authority to make grants to Regional Partnerships. As required by the legislation, Regional Partnership means a collaborative agreement (which may be established on an interstate, state, or intrastate basis) entered into by mandatory and optional partners.

Applicants must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant. Any member of the Regional Partnership is eligible to be a lead applicant provided that: (1) the partner is one of the eligible entities described below and, (2) the member agency or organization has the capacity to sufficiently monitor program activities or services, funding, and reporting requirements described in this FOA.

Mandatory Partners

- The state child welfare agency responsible for the administration of the state plan under title IV-B and title IV-E of the Social Security Act (must be included in the partnership unless it is a Regional Partnership entered into by Indian tribes or tribal consortia (section 437(f)(2)(D)(i));
- The state agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant provided under subpart II of part B of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act; and
- The Juvenile Court or Administrative Office of the Court that is most appropriate to oversee the administration of court programs in the region and to address the population of families who come to the attention of the court due to child abuse or neglect, only when the partnership is proposing to serve children in out-of-home placement.

Optional Partners:

- An Indian tribe or tribal consortium (federally recognized);
- Non-profit or for-profit child welfare service providers;
- Community health service providers, including substance abuse treatment providers;
- Community mental health providers;
- Local law enforcement agencies;
- School personnel;
- Tribal child welfare agencies (or a consortia of the agencies);
- Any other providers, agencies, personnel, officials, or entities that are related to the provision of child and family services under a State plan approved under subpart 2-Promoting Safe and Stable Families of Title IV-B of the Social Securities Act.

While institutions of higher education (e.g., universities) are neither specifically named as eligible applicants, or listed as one of the organizations that may be the primary applicant responsible for administering the grant, please note that the above bulleted list includes the following: "School personnel" and "Any other providers, agencies, personnel, officials, or entities that are related to the provision of child and family services under a state plan approved under this subpart 2- Promoting Safe and Stable Families of Title IV-B of the Social Securities Act." If an applicant can demonstrate that their organization meets either of these descriptions, then that organization can be an eligible applicant and may operate as a lead agency.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. See Section III.3. Other, Application Disqualification Factors.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Funding restrictions: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CU-1568_0.pdf#page=54

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 07/31/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

How to Register and Apply through Grants.gov
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

Matching requirements: Grantees are required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with Section 437(f)(6) of the Social Security Act. The grantee share ranges from 15% to 25% per year.

View this opportunity online: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CU-1568_0.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310247

For a list of application docuemtns, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:

CB Operations Center
C/O LCG, Inc.
ATTN: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CU-1568
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite
Rockville, MD 20852

Program Office Contact:

Jean Blankenship
Children's Bureau
Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families

Email: CB@grantreview.org

CFDA Number:

93.087

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CU-1568

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming