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Department of Behavioral Health Issues Request for Applications for Substance Use Disorder Prevention Centers

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Application Deadline is Thursday, June 2, 2016

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) issues a Request for Applications (RFA) for a grant to develop and operate a prevention center that serves wards 1 and 2 and/or a prevention center that serves wards 5 and 6,   The deadline for submitting an application for funding is 4:45 pm, Thursday, June 2, 2016.

The goal of this funding is to prevent the use of  alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs  while reducing risk and increasing protective factors for children and youth. Priority risk factors for this RFA are:

  1. The onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth
  2. Low neighborhood attachment and community disorganization
  3. Community practices and norms favorable toward alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use among children and youth
  4. Low perception of risk and harm of  youth alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use among peers and adults, and
  5. Favorable attitudes toward youth alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use.

To be eligible, a non-profit community-based organization currently must be addressing community and public health, substance use, and behavioral health issues and have an office and physical presence in the designated wards (wards 1 and 2 and/or wards 5 and 6).  In addition,  an organization must be able to enter into an agreement with DBH requiring compliance with District of Columbia laws and regulations governing Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Grants (22A DCMR Chapter 44).  If an applicant is seeking to apply for a grant for both prevention centers, a separate application for each is required.

Current District of Columbia Prevention Center  grant recipients are eligible to apply for this RFA if they establish an office and have a physical presence in the designated wards (wards 1 and 2 and/or wards 5 and 6) and meet RFA qualifications. This includes current grant recipients serving wards 3 and 4 and/or wards 7 and 8.

Funding is available to award two grants with each not to exceed approximately $232,500.00. The grant will be awarded by DBH utilizing funds provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. No mini-grant or sub-grant is permitted for any entity awarded funding.

The grant award will be made for a period of one year from the date of award. The grant may be continued for up to two additional years based on documented project success and availability of funding for a total of three years. The grant recipient will be expected to begin activities by October 1, 2016.

The deadline for submitting an application is 4:45 pm, Thursday, June 2, 2016, by mail or delivery to 64 New Avenue NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 Attn: Renee Evans.  A late or incomplete application will not be considered.  

To receive a copy of the RFA by email or for more information, please contact Katherine Cooke Mundle, Program Monitor, at [email protected] from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.