Forecasted Grant Opportunity for Local Justice Systems to Combat Opioid Epidemic

NCDHHS has two planned Requests for Applications (RFAs) to advance key strategies of the Opioid Action Plan to support justice-involved individuals and their communities. 

Because the RFAs fund complementary strategies, the two RFAs will be staggered, so applicants will know if they’ve been awarded the first RFA before the second RFA application opens. 

The First RFA is the Opioids & COVID-19: Supporting Justice-Involved Individuals with SUD during COVID-19. 
Organizations may apply for grants of up to $350,000 per year for two years to do one or both of the following:

  • Create and expand pre- and post-arrest diversion programs to divert people with substance use disorders from jail to appropriate treatment options, 
  • Create re-entry programs that help connect people to appropriate care upon release from incarceration,

OR they may apply for a total award of up to $500,000 per for two years to:

  • Act as a technical assistance provider to advise and support awardees and other statewide justice-involved overdose prevention initiatives.

The RFA is posted here on NCDHHS website.

The second RFA, which will be released in January 2021, is part of the program awarded to NCDHHS by the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) grant.

As part of this federal grant, NCDHHS will release a Request for Applications to competitively award funds to applicant sites for:

  • Pre-arrest or pre-conviction diversion programs, such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD Programs) and Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiatives (PAARI) that divert low-level offenders to appropriate treatment options.
  • Comprehensive jail-based medication assisted treatment programs that provide medication assisted treatment (MAT) to individuals during incarceration and connect them to continued treatment upon release. Comprehensive MAT programs – which include providing buprenorphine, methadone or both – along with group and/or individual therapy services are the gold standard for opioid use disorder treatment.
  • Overdose prevention education and naloxone distribution programs to engage people during incarceration and provide harm reduction education on how to prevent overdoses, respond to an overdose and access community resources.

Sites may apply to implement a program that includes one, two or all three of these strategies.

This RFA is still under development and has not yet been released. The RFA will be released by early January 2021 and posted to the NCDHHS website.

The RFA will provide complete details on application due date, eligibility criteria for applying, allowable use of funds and length of award.

To receive email notifications about when this and other funding opportunities related to opioid epidemic response are available, please sign up for the Opioid And Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee email list.

For additional questions, please contact Elyse Powell, State Opioid Coordinator, at