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FY 2011 Request for Application (RFA)

FY 2011 Supplements for Projects to Deliver Peer-to Peer Recovery Support Services (Short Title: Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP)) Supplements

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-11-004
Posting on March 22, 2011
Original Receipt date: April 21, 2011

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 21, 2011
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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of funds to expand and/or enhance grant activities funded under the Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) grant announcement TI-10-010. 

The purpose of this program is to deliver peer-to-peer recovery support services that help prevent relapse and promote sustained recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders.  RCSP is intended to support peer leaders from the recovery community in providing recovery support services to people in recovery and their family members, and to foster the growth of communities of recovery that will help individuals and families achieve and sustain long-term recovery.  The purpose of this one-year supplemental award is to increase the capacity of existing programs through enhanced and/or expanded service provision to key populations or focused on key topic areas.  The objective of increased service provision is to promote recovery initiation/longer-term recovery and to increase the quality of life of service recipients. 

SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.  The RCSP Supplements are part of SAMHSA’s effort to achieve the goals of the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, which are to improve health, home, purpose and community for individuals with or in recovery from mental and substance use disorders.  Consistent with the goals of the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, this program aims to improve quality of life related to improvement in: maintenance of abstinence, employment, housing, social connectedness and reduction in criminal justice involvement.

More information on SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives is available at the SAMHSA website:

Recovery Community Services Program Supplemental grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-40.

SAMHSA strongly encourages all grantees to provide a smoke-free workplace and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products (except in regard to accepted tribal traditions and practices).

Applicants must identify at least one area of additional focus related to the provision of peer-to-peer recovery support services.  Applicants may choose one or more of the following areas/populations of focus: 

  • Trauma-informed care;
  • Educational/job-training skills;
  • Members of the military/military families;
  • Those living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Individuals who are homeless;
  • Adolescents;
  • Re-entry populations; and
  • Co-occurring populations. 

Applicants must demonstrate that the array of supplemental services/supports provided is responsive to community needs and complements existing community resources. The goal is to add to the existing resources in the community with peer-to-peer recovery support services that can meet the stage-appropriate needs of people who are seeking to initiate recovery or working to sustain it. Therefore, applicants must describe previous community needs assessment activities/efforts and how results informed the proposed supplemental peer recovery support services.  Successful peer-to-peer recovery support services will include ongoing assessment of participants’ support needs and a menu of supportive services to meet the needs at various stages in recovery.  You must describe how you will implement these supplemental services/supports in Section C of your Project Narrative (see Section V-1).  Grantees will also be expected to coordinate activities with SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). 


Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to current RCSP grantees. SAMHSA believes that the most effective way to accomplish the goals of this one-year supplemental program is to limit eligibility to current RCSP grantees because they have the infrastructure already in place to rapidly implement the recovery support services without lengthy breaks in service.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $1.95 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 13
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $150,000
Length of Project Period: Up to 1 year

It is expected that up to $1.95 million will be available to fund up to 13 grants in FY 2011.  Awards are expected to be up to $150,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for up to one year.  Proposed budgets cannot exceed the allowable amount.

Available funding for this program is subject to the enactment of a final budget for FY 2011 or an annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2011.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on potential funding scenarios that reflect an annualized CR at the FY 2010 funding level but do not reflect final conference action on the 2011 budget.  Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to fully fund this program.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Marsha Baker
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1124
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1566

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Love Foster-Horton
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management      
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1653

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application



2. GRANT Application Package


Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 3/4/2011