Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

January 12, 2021

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Psychostimulant Support (RCORP-PS) – Application Deadline April 12

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 15 awards of up to $500,000 each to rural communities through the new RCORP – Psychostimulant Support grant program. The goal of this new effort is to strengthen and expand prevention, treatment, and recovery services for rural individuals who misuse psychostimulants, and to enhance their ability to access treatment and move towards recovery over a three-year project timeline.

While the focus of the RCORP initiative up to now has been primarily on opioid use disorder (OUD), there is an overlap between OUD and psychostimulant misuse. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, psychostimulants include methamphetamine and other illegal drugs, such as cocaine and the synthetic amphetamine, Ecstasy, as well as prescription stimulants for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression. All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and applicants must be part of a consortium of at least three other separately-owned entities. Additionally, all services provided by the grant must exclusively occur in HRSA-designated rural areas. See Section III.1 of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for complete eligibility information.

Applicants are encouraged to identify means of bridging the gap between social determinants of health and other systemic issues that could contribute to achieving equity in substance use disorder (SUD) and OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Applicants are also encouraged to leverage the National Health Service Corps Rural Community Loan Repayment Program to support the recruitment and retention of eligible providers from the SUD workforce.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., ET. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. For dial-in information, view the NOFO on Grants.gov, click the Package tab, then Preview, and Download Instructions; technical assistance information is on page (ii). For questions about the program, email ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov; contact aoladele@hrsa.gov with fiscal/budget-related questions.