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Substance Use Disorder Curriculum for Healthcare Education

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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08/02/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit professional organizations for healthcare professionals to integrate substance use disorder education into health services and healthcare education programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The purpose of this program is to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of relevant healthcare and health services education programs. Through the mainstreaming of this education, the ultimate goal is to expand the number of practitioners to deliver high quality, evidence-based SUD treatment. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2017 data indicate that an unacceptably high 92% of individuals who meet criteria for needing SUD treatment do not receive it. SAMHSA is beginning the implementation of this program as one of the many steps to reduce barriers to accessing and providing care.

In Year 1, required activities are:

- Development of high quality, comprehensive curriculum on identification and treatment of SUDs. Curriculum must include 1) screening, including screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) strategies; 2) assessment; 3) treatment principles and their application particularly with regard to alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, and opioids
- Piloting of this curriculum in at least ten schools/universities. Grantees must ensure that at least ten professional schools are utilizing the curriculum
- Collection of data from students and educators on the utility of this curriculum

In Year 2, grantees will implement the following required activities:

- Modification of curriculum based on pilot
- Development and implementation of examination questions related to SUD on licensing and certification exams. The inclusion of these questions must be made known to schools and educational programs in the field represented by the grantee.
- Implementation of revised SUD curriculum with ten additional schools/universities. Grantees must ensure that ten additional schools are utilizing curriculum

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GrantWatch ID#: 186143

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Proposed budgets cannot exceed $250,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: Up to 2 years
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/15/2019

Implementation will be expected immediately upon award. Given the extensive availability of resources for curriculum development, it is expected that curriculum will be developed within 60 days of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Public or private non-profit professional organizations representing healthcare professionals in the fields of medicine, physician assistants, nursing, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, health services administration.

Ineligible uses of SAMHSA grant funds:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: Applications are due by August 2, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
- Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate state and local health agencies by the application deadline. Comments from the Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after the application deadline.

All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. You can find additional information about the eRA Commons registration process at

Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and (see PART II: Section I-1 and Section II-1 in the specific SAMHSA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for all registration requirements).

It is strongly recommended that applicants start the registration process six (6) weeks in advance of the application due date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1412

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