Forecasted Grant Opportunity for Local Justice Systems to Combat Opioid Epidemic

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Statewide Implementation, Enhancement and Evaluation Initiatives has awarded the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) a three-year, $6.5 million grant.

As part of this federal grant, NCDHHS will release a Request For Applications (RFA) 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.

The RFA is still under development and has not yet been released. The RFA will be released by early January 2020. 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.

NCDHHS will award a minimum of nine applicants and may award more based on available funds. 

For additional questions, please contact Beth Nelson, Justice System Innovations Section Chief, at