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Targeted Capacity Expansion – Peer-to-Peer (TCE-PTP)


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Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2016


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Awards funding to recovery community organizations (RCOs) to expand and enhance peer recovery support services for people with substance use disorders (SUD) and their family members. Peer leaders, individuals with lived experience of addiction and recovery, play an integral role in designing, developing, and implementing the program in order to capitalize on their experience and open non-traditional avenues of engaging vulnerable populations. The program aims to help people with SUD achieve and maintain recovery and improve their overall quality of life in the domains of health, home, purpose, and community. Helps individuals with SUD increase abstinence from substance use, employment, housing stability, social connectedness, decreased criminal/juvenile justice involvement, and increased indicators of successful recovery and enrollment in education, vocational training.

Required program activities include:

  • Conducting initial and ongoing community assessments that focus on recovery community strengths and needs
  • Providing outreach and other engagement strategies to increase participation in, and access to, treatment and/or recovery services for diverse populations
  • Developing a peer leadership council to engage peers in program decision-making
  • Implementing participatory processes in developing and implementing peer support services
  • Designing and implementing plans for training peer leaders, including training in the provision of trauma-informed services
  • Delivering plans for supervising peer support workers that involve the integration of peer recovery core values and competencies, training in culturally-relevant services, and establishing boundaries in peer worker settings
  • Providing peer recovery coaching/mentoring to assist all stages of the recovery continuum to achieve and maintain long-term recovery
  • Developing individualized and self-directed recovery plans, working collaboratively with the service recipients, to ensure that plans build upon individual strengths and needs
  • Initiating routine recovery check-ups via face-to-face, telephone, and/or mobile to maintain regular contact with service recipients
  • Hosting peer-facilitated educational and social support groups to build communities of support that emphasize a culture of recovery
  • Hosting substance-free socialization activities to build safe networks and communities that promote individual and family skill development in substance-free social environments
  • Providing services directly related to the improvement of health and wellness, connecting to primary and mental health care, where appropriate

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: Up to $250,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 15
Estimated total program funding: $3,800,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and/or community- and faith-based organizations that are organizations comprised of, led, and governed by people in recovery from SUD. These organizations directly provide recovery support services and are eligible as RCOs. RCOs are independent organizations with nonprofit status. The RCO must have a governing board comprised of at least 50% of people in recovery SUDs, and family members of people in recovery. Eligibility as a RCO must be assured through a signed Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility certifies that the organization is led and governed by representatives of local SUD recovery communities, and that the organization has a demonstrated history and expertise in peer-led recovery support services.

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • A provider organization for direct addiction peer recovery support services appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. More than 1 provider organization may be involved.
  • Each applicant organization must have at least 2 years' experience as of the due date of the application providing peer recovery support services or other relevant services engaging the recovery community in the design and delivery of peer recovery support services in the geographic area(s) covered by the application.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and information about the online application process are available in part I and part II of the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Marsha Baker

For grants management or budget questions:
Eileen Bermudez

Rural Awards

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

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • The Council on Substance Abuse - National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence in Montgomery, Alabama, received a grant for the Recovering in Rural Communities Project to promote sustained recovery and prevent relapse among 400 persons with SUDs living in rural river region Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties of Alabama using evidence-based peer-to-peer recovery support services.
  • Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council received funding for the Transitional Recovery and Culture (TRAC) II Project, expanding peer-to-peer support services to serve 80 adult tribal members annually from the greater Billings, Montana area, and the Wind River reservation and Riverton in Wyoming.

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Employment • Health and Wellness • Housing and Homelessness • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder