Funding Opportunity: Diverting to Care

Request for Applications from Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH)

This request for applications invites organizations in our service region to apply for funds to plan and develop, or implement a community-based, multisector, collaborative program that aims to minimize the use of law enforcement in situations involving individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.   

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Applications must be received by noon on August 31, 2021.


In Missouri, like other states across the nation, law enforcement has become the default first responder for nearly all social issues from mental health to substance use. This is both ineffective and has cascading negative effects on our communities.

The criminal justice system is ill-equipped to treat behavioral health disorders, and in many cases, incarceration exacerbates them leading to long-term, multigenerational health impacts for individuals, their families, and our communities. But by taking very practical steps, we can fix this. This means dedicating resources to preventive resources and infrastructure that supports diversion.

For this work to be successful, it requires bridging new collaborations across sectors, shifting away from police-led responses, and implementing different approaches. 

MFH has a long history of working at the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health. This includes addressing the school-to-prison pipeline, reducing recidivism, and efforts aimed at improving local behavioral health crisis response systems.

As a next step in this area, MFH is focusing on diverting people with mental health and substance use disorders from jail through community-based grants in two priority areas: partnership and planning, and strategic implementation. By joining together, MFH hopes to ensure all people have the support they need to lead healthy lives and avoid unnecessary involvement in the criminal justice system.

Biden-Harris Administration Provides Nearly $144 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in Underserved Communities

July 15, 2021

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $144 million in American Rescue Plan funding to 102 HRSA Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and enhance health care services and infrastructure in communities across the country. LALs are community-based health care providers that provide essential primary health care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations but do not otherwise receive HRSA Health Center Program funding.

Read the release.

Three Provider Resiliency Workforce Training Programs Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health and public safety workforce. 

Deadline for all applications is August 30, 2021

The funding opportunities accepting applications are: 

Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce (HRSA 22-110): Approximately 10 awards will be made totaling approximately $29 million over three years to health care organizations to support members of their workforce. This includes establishing, enhancing, or expanding evidence-informed programs or protocols to adopt, promote and implement an organizational culture of wellness that includes resilience and mental health among their employees.
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Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program (HRSA 22-109): Approximately 30 awards will be made totaling approximately $68 million over three years for educational institutions and other appropriate state, local, Tribal, public or private nonprofit entities training those early in their health careers. This includes providing evidence-informed planning, development and training in health profession activities in order to reduce burnout, suicide and promote resiliency among the workforce. 
Visit to apply.

Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center (HRSA 22-111): One award will be made for approximately $6 million over three years to provide tailored training and technical assistance to HRSA’s workforce resiliency programs.
Visit to apply.

Visit BHW Grants for more information.

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program Funding Distribution

In July 2021, HRSA awarded Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program funding to existing SHIP grantees. HRSA issued a total of $398 million to 1,540 hospitals and allocated funds to states based on the number of eligible rural hospitals participating in SHIP, providing states with $258,376 per hospital.

Click to view listing of states with number of hospitals and awarded amount. 

DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program

HRSA is accepting applications for payment from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) employing buprenorphine waivered providers under a new program, the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) Waiver Training Payment Program.

The program gives FQHCs and RHCs the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment for each eligible employed provider who attained a DATA 2000 waiver on or after January 1, 2019. There is no application deadline, but funds are limited and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted.

HRSA is collaborating with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to process these applications.

View the video and FAQs for additional information.


Now OPEN: PRF Reporting Portal

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open. Providers who need to report in Reporting Period 1 have until Thursday, September 30, 2021 to submit their information as part of the post-payment reporting process. Updated Reporting Requirements were published on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Providers and stakeholders can register for a webcast scheduled for Thursday, July 8, 3 p.m. ET.

There are user guides, Frequently Asked Questions, and a Provider Support Line. All of these resources and more may be found on the HHS Reporting and Auditing webpage.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

June 24, 2021

HRSA Makes Awards for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $1.9 million to 20 awardees for this one-year, community-driven program designed to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level. By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for both rural and urban medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care in rural communities. Administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) at HRSA, the Network Planning program is an opportunity for health care providers to implement new and innovative approaches to care that may in turn serve as a model for other rural communities. The incoming cohort of Network Planning grantees have projects that focus on care coordination, health information technology/data analytics, behavioral health (including mental health and substance use disorder), elder care, and COVID-19. Visit the Rural Health Information Hub online to learn more about successful program models and evidence-based toolkits that have come from the work of FORHP-funded projects.  

An Update on COPDThe rural-focused publication, The Rural Monitor, provides details on recent efforts to close the rural-urban disparity gap for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that disparity in 2017; later that year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched the COPD National Action Plan. A new website from the Dorney-Koppel Foundation provides testimonials from those affected by the disease, as well as links to resources.

UPDATED: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Includes information on terms and conditions, attestation, general and targeted distributions, and how to report capital equipment purchases. Reporting and Auditing requirements FAQs were updated on June 11.

AHRQ: COVID-Related Hospitalizations in 13 States.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) examines the differences in month-to-month hospitalizations by patient location (metropolitan to rural) from April to September 2020.

NACo: Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Counties Post-COVID.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) presents a video recording of testimony from rural healthcare and economic organizations to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Topics include rural economic concerns following COVID-19, county-level responses to the pandemic, rural hospitals and workforce issues, broadband access, and federal programs serving rural communities. Transcripts from this hearing are available on the congressional website.

WEBINAR: Let’s Talk About: Mitigation

Date: June 29, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM CT


As you may have noticed from the $100,000 deposit each Rural Health Clinic (RHC) received in early June, the RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation program is now live!

Are you concerned about utilizing the funding appropriately, or unsure of what mitigation means? The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) is here to help increase your confidence and ensure you use this money to expand your testing and mitigation efforts within your clinics and communities.

Key Points:

  • This Testing and Mitigation Funding is different than the $49,461.42 RHCs received in 2020 for COVID-19
  • Mitigation includes efforts to reduce or prevent COVID-19 transmission:
    • This can include screening, contact tracing, community education, and efforts to improve facilities (just to name a few)!
    • Testing and Mitigation funding does not include direct provider-to-patient vaccine administration (shot-in-arm).
  • Reporting requirements for this program will continue through
  • If you haven’t yet received this round of funding, first ensure that you are compliant on and then contact
  • While you are permitted to return this funding, it is recommend that you keep it! NARHC is available to help you best understand all requirements and use this money between now and December 31, 2022.


Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Affairs
Sarah Hohman, Government Affairs Associate
Shannon Chambers, NOSORH, Connections for Community Care



Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

June 11, 2021

Rural Health Clinics Receive Support for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation. Yesterday, the Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $424 million to increase COVID-19 testing and mitigation in rural areas. Each immediately eligible Rural Health Clinic (RHC) received $100,000 in funding. This new effort builds on the May 2020 RHC COVID-19 Testing Program, helping more than 4200 RHCs slow the virus in ways tailored to their communities. Read more about support for Rural Health Clinics during the public health emergency under COVID-19 Resources.

An Overview of the National Cancer Institute’s Rural Cancer Control Initiatives – Tuesday, June 15 at 1:00 pm ET.  This webinar hosted by the Rural Health Information Hub will provide an overview of the National Cancer Institute’s research emphasis on rural cancer control. Presenters will highlight agendas and resources related to geographical disparities affecting rural and tribal populations, persistent poverty, and telehealth. Opportunities for collaboration with other rural health partners, including health centers, will also be discussed.

FORHP Enhances Vaccine Activities in Delta Region.  On June 8th, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced $550,000 in supplemental funding to Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program recipients to enhance COVID-19 vaccine activities such as outreach, education and promotion, and operations to provide accurate evidence-based vaccination information and increase vaccination rates across the Delta region.  This supplemental funding supports the Administration’s priorities in addressing the COVID-19 crisis as noted in the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness and addresses the disproportionate disparities of individuals experiencing a burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

CMS Announces Payment for In-Home Vaccinations.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates approximately 1.6 million adults aged 65 or older who may have trouble accessing vaccinations because they have difficulty leaving home.  

USDA on Food Retail in Rural Areas.  The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report that examines food retailers – grocery stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, and other types – known to be a social determinant of health.  Researchers found that, in 2015, there were 40 rural counties without grocery stores, and 23 rural counties without any food retailers.  The ERS also updated their county-level data sets that track socioeconomic indicators including poverty rates, population change, and unemployment rates. 

New: Expanded Resources for Rural Health Clinics.  Three new programs help more than 4,200 Rural Health Clinics in 45 states meet the needs of their communities.

New: HHS/DoD National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network.  A joint program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is available at no cost to hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients and struggling with access to enough critical care physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialized clinical experts. Teams of critical care clinicians are available to deliver virtual care through lightweight telemedicine platforms, such as an app on a mobile device. Hear from participating clinicians and email to learn more and sign up.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP)

Eligible providers can receive up to $250K in loan repayment

Accepting applications now until July 22, 7:30 PM ET.

Are you a potential applicant?

Every day you’re using skills to help end substance use disorders (SUD) within your community. Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the STAR LRP  in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility. Behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals, clinical support staff and many others trained in substance use disorder treatment are encouraged to apply.

Are you a potential facility?

Recruit and retain behavioral health professionals to work at your facility through the STAR LRP. A wide range of facilities are eligible. Find out if you are a STAR LRP-approved facility

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