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Department Issues Request for Applications for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services

Monday, August 17, 2015

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) issues a Request for Applications (RFA) to support the implementation of the Adult Substance Abuse Rehabilitative Services (ASARS) Program.  The deadline for submitting an application for funding is 4:45 p.m. (ET), August 28, 2015.

The purpose of this funding is to provide infrastructure development assistance to substance use disorder providers certified by the Department.  Available funds will be used to hire additional licensed professionals to provide clinical coordination as required in the new regulations for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and to purchase equipment.  The grant awards are intended to benefit consumers who need substance use disorder and recovery services

A copy of the RFA also is available at

To be eligible, an applicant must:

1. Be a DBH-certified program providing substance use disorder treatment and recovery services;  
2. Agree to hire at least one qualified practitioner to provide clinical care coordination services by November 15, 2015;  
3. Agree to participate in DBH-mandated ASARS training;
4. Enter into a Grant Agreement with DBH and comply with Agreement requirements and conditions including the timetable for hiring at least one additional qualified practitioner, participation in required training, and submission of a certification application under Chapter 63 for the Level of Care(s) to be delivered by your agency/organization within 60 days of receipt of grant funds, and
5. Have a Human Care Agreement with DBH for the provision of substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

A pre-application conference will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, August 17, 2015, at the Department of Behavioral Health, in Room 242, 64 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.    For more information, please contact Marquitta Duvernay at [email protected].

An application must be submitted in a sealed envelope no later than 4:45 pm, (ET), Friday, August 28, 2015 to DBH c/o Jennifer Mumford, 64 New York Avenue, NE, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20002.  A late or incomplete application will not be considered. 

The grant period is one year from the date of award.  Grant recipients will be expected to begin start-up activities by November 15, 2015.

The Department expects to award a maximum of twenty-seven grants with no more than $50,000 per grant.