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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (RCORP – CABH)


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Application Deadline: May 24, 2023


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Provides funding to establish and expand behavioral healthcare services in rural communities for children and adolescents aged 5-17 who are at risk for, have, or are recovering from a behavioral health disorder. Aims to prevent substance misuse and address mental health issues by increasing access to evidence-based, coordinated behavioral health and supportive services for the focus population of children, adolescents, their families and caretakers.

Program goals include:

  1. Service Delivery: Establish new behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery services for children and adolescents aged 5-17 years in the target rural service area
  2. Training and Peer Mentorship: Improve the capacity of rural healthcare providers, paraprofessionals, non-clinical staff, and community members to care for and support children and adolescents aged 5-17 with behavioral health needs, through training and peer mentorship opportunities
  3. Community Partnerships: Build community partnerships to ensure access to community resources and human services that support prevention, treatment, and recovery for behavioral health disorders among the target population

Grantees are expected to deliver at least 3 new behavioral health services within the first year of the grant, which must include 1 new service each in the areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery. All implemented activities must be sustainable by the end of the project period.

Applications are encouraged that include populations that have historically had poorer health outcomes, health disparities, and other inequities, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, new immigrants, people who are homeless, and individuals with disabilities.

Additional information about program requirements, expectations, and activities can be found in Section IV of the program guidance.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: Up to $1,000,000 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 9
Estimated total program funding: $9,000,000

Who Can Apply

Domestic public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

All service delivery sites supported by RCORP–CABH must be exclusively located in HRSA-designated rural counties and rural census tracts. In partially rural counties, services supported by this award may only be delivered within HRSA-designated rural census tracts. Applicants can determine whether a specific area is designated as rural by using the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Eligible applicants must be part of a consortium of at least four or more separately owned entities, including the applicant organization, and represent a diversity of sectors relevant to behavioral healthcare for children and adolescents. At least 50% of consortium members must be located in the target rural service area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage consortium members from the following sectors:

  • Primary care, including pediatric and family medicine practices
  • Crisis care, including first responders and hospital emergency departments
  • Education
  • Child care
  • Child welfare
  • Juvenile justice

A list of potential consortium members is available in Appendix B of the funding announcement.

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 webinar recording


For programmatic or technical questions:
Molly Wirick

For grants management or budget questions:
LCDR Benoit Mirindi, PhD, MPA

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 Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Prevention • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth