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FY 2010 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Adult Drug Courts
(Short Title: Adult Treatment Drug Courts)

(Initial Announcement)

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Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-10-011
Posting on January 12, 2010
Receipt date: March 16, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by March 16, 2010

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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts (Adult Treatment Drug Courts).  The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in “problem solving” courts which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment, recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination to adult defendants/offenders.  Priority for the use of the funding should be given to addressing gaps in the existing continuum of treatment.

CSAT, in collaboration with The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is also offering an innovative funding opportunity for adult drug courts titled “Enhancing Adult Drug Court Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement”.  The purpose of the joint initiative is to invite applicants to submit for consideration one comprehensive strategy for enhancing drug court coordination, services, and treatment capacity, allowing applicants to compete for access to both criminal justice and substance abuse treatment funds with one application.  BJA will also offer its stand-alone drug court solicitation titled “Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement,” which provides financial and technical assistance to States, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug treatment courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders.
NOTE: Applicants may apply simultaneously for any or all posted drug court grant solicitations offered by BJA and/or CSAT.  However, BJA and CSAT will not make more than one award for the same proposed services within a program.  The aforementioned solicitations may be found on OJP/BJA’s website at

Grantees will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties.  Treatment Drug Courts use regular appearances of the client before a judge (who is part of, or guided by, a team of relevant professionals) in order to monitor compliance with court ordered conditions and substance abuse treatment. 

There is a significant disparity between the availability of treatment services for persons with alcohol and drug use disorders and the demand for such services.  According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.3 million individuals needed treatment for an alcohol or illicit drug use problem.  Only 10 percent of these individuals received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.  This disparity is also consistent for criminal justice populations, as estimates show only 10 percent of individuals involved with the criminal justice system who are in need of substance abuse treatment receive it as part of their justice system supervision.  By providing needed treatment 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.

Treatment Drug Courts are problem-solving courts, often used as an alternative to incarceration, that quickly identify substance abusing offenders and place them under strict court monitoring and community supervision as well as provide the participant with effective treatment services.  They are being created at a high rate with over 2,100 in existence in 2009, but many lack sufficient funding for substance abuse treatment.  Treatment Drug Courts represent the coordinated efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime.  Stakeholders work together to give individual clients the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use disorders, and develop the capacity and skills to become fully-functioning parents, employees and citizens. 

SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support and shape Adult Treatment Drug Courts, including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts, Co-Occurring Drug and Mental Health Courts, Veterans Courts, and Community Courts that serve substance-abusing adults in the respective problem-solving court, as long as the court meets all the elements required for drug courts.  The intent is to meet the clinical needs of clients and ensure clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional court case-processing model.  A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for adult persons needing treatment drug court services.

Adult Treatment Drug Courts is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment services and/or to increase the ability of States, units of local government, American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging mental health and substance abuse problems.  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.  

As of February 2009, approximately 1.89 million men and women have been deployed to serve in support of overseas contingency operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  Individuals returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk for suffering post-traumatic stress and other related disorders.  Experts estimate that up to one-third of returning veterans will need mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and related services.  In addition, the family members of returning veterans have an increased need for related support services.  To address these concerns, SAMHSA strongly encourages all applicants to consider the unique needs of returning veterans and their families in developing their proposed project.

Adult Treatment Drug Court grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).


Eligible Applicants

SAMHSA/CSAT is restricting eligibility to existing individual misdemeanor or felony Adult Treatment Drug Courts or their Tribal/State or local governmental proxies who may apply on their behalf. Therefore, in addition to direct application by an individual misdemeanor or felony Adult Treatment Drug Court, units of Tribal/State/local government such as the Tribal Court Administrator, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Single State Agency for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the designated State Drug Court Coordinator, or local governmental unit such as county or city agency with direct involvement with the drug court may apply on behalf of an individual adult treatment drug court.  When the Tribal/State, County or local government is the applicant, all grant funds awarded must be dedicated to the individual drug court with the exception of a small set aside, not to exceed two percent of the total award, that is permissible to cover the cost of administration and oversight of the grant.  Adult Treatment Drug Court (ATDC) grantees that received funding in FY 2008 and/or FY 2009 from SAMHSA/CSAT are ineligible to apply.  Entities which are applying on behalf of an individual adult treatment drug court must apply for ATDC’s that are not currently receiving SAMHSA/CSAT funds.   
This grant is NOT intended for Family Treatment Drug Courts/Family Dependency Drug Courts or Proposition 36 Courts.

Eligible adult treatment drug courts must have demonstrated relationships and agreements with existing community-based substance abuse treatment providers in order to create the necessary networks to successfully implement these grants.  Public and private nonprofit organizations such as substance abuse treatment providers have a pivotal supporting role in treatment drug court programs and may be sub-recipients/contractors to the applicant. However, they are not the catalysts for entry into drug court and are therefore restricted from applying.

In those cases where a Tribe/State/local unit of government (city/county) applies on behalf of a drug court, the Tribe/State/local governmental unit will be the award recipient and the entity responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. Although funding is intended for individual drug courts, SAMHSA recognizes the scarcity of treatment resources in some rural communities.  Therefore, it is allowable for contiguous rural counties in one State to apply as a multi-county partnership to serve more than one drug court within the identified counties.  However, in such situations, one county unit of government must assume the role of lead applicant, which will oversee and administer the grant for the multiple jurisdictions.    

This grant program is not intended to provide start-up funds to create new adult treatment drug courts.  Applicant drug courts must be operational for at least one year at the time of application.  Operational is defined as a judge being designated as a “drug court” judge with a “drug court” docket of cases and seeing defendants in “drug court” on a regular and recurring basis for at least one year prior to the submission of the grant application.  By signing the cover page (SF 424 v2) of the application, the authorized representative of the applicant organization is certifying that the Adult Treatment Drug Court applying for funds is operational, as defined above, for at least one year at the time of application.   

To better ensure coordination between the criminal justice and community-based substance abuse treatment systems, applications must include a letter from the State Substance Abuse Agency (SSA) Director or designated representative that provides support for the application and confirms that the proposal conforms to the framework of the State Strategy of Substance Abuse Treatment.  All applicants must include this letter in Attachment 4 of your application or it will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for an award.  A listing of the SSA’s can be found on SAMHSA’s Web site at    

Letters of commitment or formal contractual agreements from collaborating organizations must be provided in Attachment 1 of your application and a letter from the SSA Director or designated representative must be included in Attachment 4 of your application as outlined in Section I-2,or your application will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for an award.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:


Anticipated Total Available Funding: $2.5 million 
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 8 grants
Anticipated Award Amount:

$325,000 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $325,000 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

For questions on program issues, contact:

Holly Rogers
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1014
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2916

For questions on grants management and budget issues, contact:

William Reyes
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management     
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1406

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Last updated: 01/13/2010