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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need
(Short Title: TCE-TAC)

An error was made in the distribution of points among the project narrative sections in the TCE-TAC RFA (TI-13-008).   Please download the revised RFA with the corrected point distribution.


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: TI-13-008
Posting on February 8, 2013
RFA Revision Date: March 19,2013
Original Receipt date: April 10, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 10, 2013
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), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 Grants to Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need (TCE-TAC). The purpose of the TCE-TAC Program is to expand and/or enhance the capacity of substance abuse treatment providers to serve persons in treatment who have been underserved because of lack of access to treatment in their immediate community due to transportation concerns, an inadequate number of substance abuse treatment providers in their community, and/or financial constraints. The use of technology, including web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps), will expand and/or enhance the ability of providers to effectively communicate with persons in treatment and to track and manage their health to ensure treatment and services are available where and when needed.

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is driving health systems toward the use of information technology for service delivery, quality improvement, cost containment, and increased patient involvement in their health care. The functionality of interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems, used with tools such as web-based services, messaging systems, smart phones, and e-apps, can connect providers with persons in treatment and link them to services and treatment that are not available through "brick-and-mortar" facilities. Working with their clinicians, and with e-therapy tools, persons in treatment will become active partners in enhancing the effectiveness of their care. By using technology tools that have been adapted or designed to support substance abuse treatment, persons in treatment will have more frequent contact with providers. These technological tools will also complement existing or new EHR systems to create patient-centered treatment that also allows the provider to better monitor client progress and adjust treatment strategies, as necessary, to result in better health for persons in treatment and more efficient and effective use of resources. Consumer health information technology (HIT) applications also can be important in emergency situations to provide critical health information to medical staff. Grantees will be expected to use technology to support recovery and resiliency efforts and promote wellness.

These grants support SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative on Health Information Technology by increasing the ability of substance abuse providers to enhance and/or expand their capacity to use health information technology to serve persons in treatment who are traditionally underserved. Specifically, these grants support Goal 6.2 by providing incentives for the adoption and use of EHR's and technology-assisted care.

TCE-TAC is one of SAMHSA's services grant programs. SAMHSA's services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse prevention and treatment service 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 and with serious, emerging substance abuse problems, including co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness and persons with co-morbid substance abuse and chronic health conditions. 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.

TCE-TAC 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-SA.


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.

Current TCE-Health IT grantees, funded under TI-11-002 in FY 2011 and FY 2012, may not apply for funding under this announcement.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grants
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $3.64 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 13 grants
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $280,000 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $280,000 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.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Kathryn Wetherby
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of State and Community Assistance
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1028
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2899

For questions on management and budget issues contact:

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





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: 02/08/2013