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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Psychostimulant Support (RCORP – PS)


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Application Deadline: Apr 12, 2021


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Provides funding to high-risk rural areas to strengthen community responses to the misuse of psychostimulants, such as methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, as well as prescription stimulants. Aims to expand access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for rural residents diagnosed with or at high risk of psychostimulant use disorders, their families, their caregivers, and other community members.

Over the 3 year project period, consortia must implement all core or required substance use disorder (SUD)/opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.

Required prevention activities include:

  • Providing appropriate education to promote understanding of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies for psychostimulant misuse and use disorders, and to reduce stigma associated with the disease
  • Identifying and screening at-risk individuals for psychostimulant misuse and use disorders and providing referrals to prevention, harm reduction, early intervention, treatment, or support services to lower the risk of developing a psychostimulant use disorder
  • Screening, providing educational information, and making referrals to treatment for individuals who use psychostimulants and have complications related to infectious diseases, such as HIV, viral hepatitis, and endocarditis, particularly among people who inject drugs

Required treatment and recovery activities include:

  • Recruiting, training, and mentoring interdisciplinary teams of SUD or OUD clinical and social service providers to identify and treat psychostimulant misuse and use disorders using motivational interviewing, contingency management, community reinforcement, cognitive behavioral therapy, or other evidence-based methods
  • Enhancing the coordination of home and community-based services and other social supports for people discharged from treatment facilities and/or criminal justice system
  • Expanding peer recovery programs and peer workforce in hospitals, emergency departments, law enforcement departments, jails, and OUD/SUD treatment programs, reentry service providers, and harm reduction programs

All program activities must occur exclusively in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. Applicants can determine whether a specific area is designated as rural by using the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Projects are encouraged that address the needs of a wide range of population groups, including but not limited to:

  • Populations with low-income
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Pregnant women
  • Youth and adolescents
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals with special healthcare needs

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $500,000 for the 3-year period of performance
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 15
Estimated total program funding: $7,500,000

Who Can Apply

Domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants must be part of a consortium of at least 4 or more separately owned entities, including the applicant organization. The entities should all have different employment identification numbers (EINs) and have established working relationships. Consortium members may be located in urban or rural areas, but at least 50% of consortium members involved in the proposed project must be located in HRSA-designated rural areas, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Consortium members should come from multiple sectors and disciplines that can include but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare providers, such as:
    • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) or other hospitals
    • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
    • Local or state health departments
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • Ryan White HIV/AIDS clinics and community-based organizations
    • Substance use treatment providers
    • Mental and behavioral health organizations or providers
    • Opioid treatment programs
  • Community members such as people in recovery, youth, parents, and grandparents
  • Individuals who have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes, disparities, and other inequities, compared to the rest of the target population
  • HIV and HCV prevention organizations
  • Entities owned or managed by people from minority groups
  • Single state agencies
  • Prisons
  • Primary Care Offices
  • State Offices of Rural Health
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Cooperative extension system offices
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) entities
  • School systems and universities
  • Primary care associations
  • Poison control centers
  • Maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program local implementing agencies
  • Healthy Start sites
  • Judges, drug courts, family courts, and other specialty courts
  • Medicaid offices, including Medicaid managed care organizations
  • Social service agencies and organizations
  • Youth serving organizations

Eligible organizations may apply for an exception allowing them to serve sites not located in a HRSA-designated rural area if they can demonstrate that the proposed site will serve rural populations and that services are related to improving healthcare in rural areas. In order to qualify for an exception, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that are not located in HRSA-designated rural areas
  • Entities not located in a HRSA-designated rural area that are eligible to receive Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) funding
  • Applicants with a service area that encompasses partially rural counties if the service site is located in an incorporated city, town, village, or unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) with 49,999 or fewer residents determined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer and confirmed by 2020 Census data
  • Providers located in an urban facility that serve patients in HRSA-designated rural areas through telehealth/telemedicine

Applicant organizations or consortium members that have received a current or previous RCORP grant are eligible for this opportunity but must demonstrate that there is no duplication of effort between their fiscal year 2021 RCORP-Psychostimulant Support proposal and any previous or current RCORP project.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

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

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Kim Nesbitt, MA

For grants management or budget questions:
Adejumoke Oladele

Rural Awards

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

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health Education for Community and Patients • Healthcare Workforce • Infectious Diseases • Justice System • Methamphetamine • Opioids • Prevention • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment