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Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts (SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts)


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Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Grants funding to increase the availability of and access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing Adult Treatment Drug Courts (ATDC), Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDC), or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts that operate a treatment drug court model to provide SUD treatment for defendants/offenders that includes recovery support services, screening, assessment, family services, case management, and program coordination. Intent is for grantees to have a coordinated, multi-system approach that combines the sanctioning power of drug courts with comprehensive SUD treatment services in order to break the cycle of alcohol and/or drug use, mental disorders, crime, and incarceration. Works to find and fill gaps in the continuum of treatment for defendants/offenders with SUD and increase the number of individuals and families served.

Required program activities include:

  • Screening and assessing clients for the presence of SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD), and using the information obtained from the screening and assessment to develop appropriate treatment approaches
  • Screening for infectious diseases, such as HIV and viral hepatitis A, B, and C, that pose a high risk for people with SUD and ensuring appropriate referral and follow up to treatment
  • Providing evidence-based and population appropriate treatment services to meet the unique needs of diverse populations at risk, including the use of medications, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), medication management, outpatient care, day treatment that includes outreach-based services, intensive outpatient, recovery housing, or residential programs
  • Providing recovery support services, including childcare, vocational, educational, and transportation services, designed to improve access and retention in services
  • Providing services and supports, such as family counseling and family recovery support services, to help preserve families
  • Collaborating with community partners to provide comprehensive services
  • Implementing the key components of the drug court model

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 25
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

At least 5 awards will be made to tribes/tribal organizations pending sufficient application volume from these groups.

Who Can Apply

State, local, and tribal governments with direct involvement with an Adult Treatment Drug Court, Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, or Family Treatment Drug Court are eligible to apply.

Examples of eligible applicants include:

  • State governments, District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town, and individual Adult Treatment Drug Courts
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • Requiring each mental health/substance use disorder treatment provider organization to have at least two years of experience providing relevant services in the geographic area(s) in which services are to be provided.
  • Ensuring each mental health/substance use disorder treatment provider organization complies with all applicable local, city, county, and state licensing, accreditation and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application.

ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts funded in fiscal year (FY) 2018 under announcement TI-18-008 and FY 2019 under announcement TI-19-002 are not eligible to apply for funding under this funding announcement.

FTDCs funded in FY 2017 under announcement TI-17-004, FY 2018 under announcement TI-18-002, and FY 2019 under announcement TI-19-001 are not eligible to apply for funding under this funding announcement.

Eligible adult drug court models include Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts, Co-Occurring Drug and Mental Health Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, and Municipal Courts using the problem-solving model.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information is available in the funding announcement.

An eligible entity may apply on behalf of one or more ATDC, FTDC, or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, either through a single application or several applications.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Jon Berg

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions:
Leonora Fleming

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Stone County Circuit Court in Galena, Missouri, intends to use grant funds to improve access to Adult Treatment Drug Court (ATDC) services, such as medication-assisted treatment, Hepatitis/HIV testing, recovery housing, and more to repeat offenders with SUD.
  • Morgan County in Wartburg, Tennessee, received funding to improve an existing adult drug court and extend treatment and recovery services to nonviolent offenders who have SUD or COD.
  • Highlands Community Services Board in Abingdon, Virginia, intends to improve the lives of nonviolent offenders and foster public safety by administering a cost-effective, community-centered, SUD intervention and treatment program financed with grant funds.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment