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Recovery Community Services Program – Statewide Network (RCSP-SN)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 20, 2017

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Grants funding to strengthen the relationship between peer-led recovery community organizations (RCOs) and their statewide networks of recovery stakeholders, which includes state policymakers, other members of the addiction recovery community, substance use disorder (SUD) service providers, and allied health systems. Helps develop recovery support services (RSS) infrastructure in states through collaboration, systems improvement, public health messaging, and training with/for recovery stakeholders in order to improve services for individuals with SUD.

Intended program outcomes include:

  • Integrating RCOs more fully into state and local systems of substance use treatment and recovery through participation in policy and planning councils
  • Embedding peers into traditional SUD treatment and allied health services
  • Modifying plans with state Medicaid directors to allow for the reimbursement of peer billable services, and creation of other revenue sources within RCOs which facilitate financial solvency and long term sustainability

Required program infrastructure development activities include:

  • Developing relationships to ensure that RCOs are represented on committees and workgroups as part of collaborative state and local SUD and recovery support planning processes
  • Partnering with state and local organizations in workforce development activities
  • Linking with addiction RCOs throughout the state in order to identify recovery community needs and devising shared approaches, strategies, and resources to address these needs
  • Effecting organizational/structural change among recovery-oriented institutions by providing training for and promoting the importance of peer recovery support services (PRSS) and integration of statewide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and Opiate Overdose Prevention programming with recovery supports, and their strategic marketing, outreach, and engagement efforts within allied systems of care
  • Participating in policy, planning, and program development discussions at the state, community, and local level to ensure adequate recovery support to vulnerable populations
  • Working with single state agency (SSA) and state Medicaid offices for greater RCO/RSS financial sustainability by facilitating RCO contracts, Medicaid and state insurance reimbursement, and building managed care organization (MCO)-RCO payor relationships
  • Documenting the effectiveness and cost savings of using peer recovery coaches and the provision of other recovery supports, for example recovery community centers and recovery housing, within SUD treatment and allied systems of care

Applicants are expected to choose at least two of the seven infrastructure development activities.

Required program health access and RSS integration activities include:

  • Promoting the use of PRSS in integrated primary care and within more recently developed community behavioral healthcare models, such as health homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)
  • Partnering with health insurance coverage, outreach, and enrollment assistance programs operating in the state to inform and supplement their outreach efforts to populations with SUDs, and promoting RSS as necessary components to a SUD focused system of care
  • Facilitating education and training efforts regarding mental health and addictions parity to increase understanding of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, with a specific focus on health care reform and integrated care

Applicants are expected to choose at least one of the three access or RSS integration related activities.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $150,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 10
Estimated total program funding: $1,500,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by recovery community organizations (RCOs) that are domestic private nonprofit entities in states, territories, or tribes. RCOs are independent, nonprofit organizations led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. To ensure that recovery communities are fully represented, only organizations controlled and managed by members of the addiction recovery community are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • An applicant organization meets the criteria of an RCO as provided in the paragraph above
  • Include a letter in Attachment 5 from the IRS designating that the applicant organization is a 501(c)(3)
  • Include a letter in Attachment 5 from the Board of Directors assuring that the organization submitting the application has served as a domestic non-profit recovery community organization for a minimum of two years

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

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


For programmatic or technical questions:
Matthew T. Clune

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:

  • Soberhood in Elgin, Texas, received funding to offer a minimum of 14 training and technical assistance events per year and provide SUD treatment and recovery support services to at least 75 participants each grant year.
  • Vermont Recovery Network, Inc. in Montpelier, Vermont, used funds to establish statewide infrastructure to promote, expand, and maintain PRSS; improve and expand PRSS workforce development and availability in emergency rooms, primary care facilities, rural communities, and other locations in Vermont; and increase public knowledge of statewide PRSS benefits, effectiveness, and more.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Harm Reduction • Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Policy • Recovery • Reimbursement and Payment Models • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment