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Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Demonstration Projects

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Bureau of Justice Assistance, Institute for Intergovernmental Research, U.S. Department of Justice
Jul 26, 2019

This program will provide demonstration grants for projects designed to to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.

The primary focus of the initiative is preventing and reducing overdose deaths associated with opioids, including illicit fentanyl, and advancing a shared understanding of the patterns and characteristics of problem drug use in local communities.

Awardees will be required to commit to a planning phase of approximately 6 months and an implementation phase of approximately 18 months. Activities may include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Strengthening epidemiologic surveillance and public health data infrastructure to ensure accurate, complete, and timely data
  • Increasing the use of evidence-based/culturally appropriate prescribing interventions within local healthcare systems
  • Developing and implementing community-level opioid overdose prevention activities
  • Establishing or enhancing public health, behavioral health, and public safety collaborations
  • Enhancing linkages to evidence-based practices for opioid addiction/opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Expanding peer recovery and recovery support services that help people initiate and remain in recovery and relapse prevention

Eligible applicants include:

  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized tribal governments
  • Units of local government on behalf of a multicounty region within a state
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations with a documented history of providing services to rural communities or regions highly impacted by substance use disorder

Priority consideration will be given to rural regions previously selected for the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program — Planning initiative (RCORP - Planning).

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: 24 months
Estimated number of awards: 8

Application process

A link to the application instructions/ application form is available on the program website.

Using Adobe Acrobat Reader, submit the application directly through a button on the form. Email required attachments to

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Community and faith-based initiatives · Criminal justice system · Cultural competency · Illicit drug use · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug misuse · Public health · Statistics and data · Substance use and misuse · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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