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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Medication-Assisted Treatment (RCORP – MAT Expansion)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Jun 10, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Provides grants to establish or expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations in high-risk rural communities. Seeks to increase the number of access points where individuals living in rural communities can receive evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and complementary treatment services such as treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), mental health services, or transportation assistance. Helps rural hospitals and clinics establish sustainable MAT programs by funding initial fixed and operating costs.

Required core activities include:

  • Recruiting, training, and mentoring interdisciplinary teams of SUD/OUD clinical and social service providers to provide MAT, including both behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Building new or enhancing existing clinical workflows and supply chain services to support MAT and other SUD/OUD and mental health services
  • Training clinical, social service, and administrative staff to optimize reimbursement for patient encounters through proper coding and billing across insurance types
  • Coordinating medical and social services necessary for patients to achieve and sustain recovery, such as transportation support, provision of, or referral to other SUD and mental health services
  • Strengthening partnerships to better leverage other SUD/OUD and mental health-related community resources and support more effective referrals between clinical partners, including Certified Community Behavioral Health clinics, opioid treatment programs, health departments, emergency departments, emergency medical services, and other community-based organizations

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $725,000 for the three-year period of performance period
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 11
Estimated total program funding: $8,000,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by domestic public or private, nonprofit or for-profit organizations, including:

  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • Health Center Look-Alikes
  • Other small rural hospitals with 49 available staffed beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report
  • Tribes or tribal organizations, excluding health centers that receive Health Center Program federal award funding

Eligible organizations must be located in Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA)-designated rural county or rural census tracts in an urban county, and all program activities must target populations residing in HRSA-designated rural areas. Applicants an use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer to determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity.

If an organization has an affiliated satellite site in a rural area, but it shares the same employment identification number (EIN) as the parent site located in an urban location, then that entire organization is considered urban for this funding program. If the rural satellite office has a unique EIN and acts independently from the urban parent organization, then the location is considered rural and eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

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

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Kiley Diop, MSc

For grants management or budget questions:
Kelichia Wellons, MBA, MS

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards rural communities have received are described on the program website.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Healthcare Facilities • Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment