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Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDCs)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts [Short Title: Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDCs)]. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. Services must address the needs of the family as a whole and include direct service provision to children (18 and under) of individuals served by this project. Grantees will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective treatment services promoting successful family preservation and reunification.

    Priority funding should address gaps in the treatment continuum for court involved individuals who need treatment for a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders while simultaneously addressing the needs of their children.

    Service Expansion: An applicant should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients.

    Required Activities: Applicants must use SAMHSAs service grant funds primarily to support direct services. This includes the following activities:
    • Providing outreach and other engagement strategies to increase participation in, and access to treatment services for parents and their children.
    • Providing SUD and co-occurring disorders treatment (including screening, assessment, and care management) services for diverse populations at risk. Treatment must be provided in outpatient, day treatment (including outreach based services), intensive outpatient, or residential programs.
    • Coordinating with the child welfare agency around case management, safety planning, reunification, and sharing information across systems.
    • Collaborating with community partners to provide comprehensive services for children to meet their varied needs. Children of parents in family drug court may have been affected by prenatal and postnatal exposure to substance use and trauma that could result in deficits, delays, and concerns of a neurological, physical, social-emotional, behavioral, or cognitive nature.
    • Providing strategies to strengthen parent child bonding, such as home visits and supervised visits as well as family counseling to strengthen family functioning, and assist with reunification of families when children have been in out of home placement.
    • Providing œwraparound/recovery support services (e.g., child care, vocational, educational, and transportation services) designed to improve access and retention in services. [Note: Grant funds may be used to purchase such services from another provider.]

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Family Treatment Drug Courts is one of SAMHSAs services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services programs result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. At the latest, award recipients are expected to provide services to the population(s) of focus by the fourth month after the grant has been awarded. Recipients should serve a minimum of 35 parents that are enrolled in the FTDC program. Recipients must also serve the children of the parents enrolled in the program. If an applicant proposes to serve fewer than 35 parents a year:
    • They must provide a justification in Section B: Proposed Implementation Approach that details why they cannot meet the minimum expectation.
    • They should consider applying for less than the maximum award amount of up to $425,000 per year. Applicants are encouraged to apply only for the grant amount which they can reasonably expend based on the activities proposed in their application, including the number of clients they propose to serve annually.
    Grant funds should not be used for the general operation and management of FTDCs, including salaries for staff such as judges, court clerks, probation officers, and staff who are not actively involved in the therapeutic process, or referral to and entry into treatment for SUDs.

    The funding restrictions for this project are as follows:
    • No more than 15 percent of the total grant award may be used for developing the infrastructure necessary for expansion of services.
    • No more than 20 percent of the total grant award may be used for data collection, performance measurement, and performance assessment, including incentives for participating in the required data collection follow-up.
    • Up to 5 percent of the annual grant award may be used for HIV rapid testing.
    • Up to 35 percent of the annual grant award may be used to pay for FDA approved medications as part of MAT, which includes methadone, injectable naltrexone, non-injectable naltrexone, disulfiram, acamprosate calcium, and buprenorphine when the client has no other source of funds to do so.
    • Up to $5,000 of grant funds per year (when no other funds are available) may be used for viral hepatitis (B and C) testing, including purchasing test kits and other required supplies (e.g., gloves, bio hazardous waste containers) and training for staff related to viral hepatitis (B and C) testing, for applicants electing to develop and implement plans for viral hepatitis testing and services.


    Eileen Bermudez

    Eileen Bermudez
    Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    (240) 276-1412

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include state and local governments, such as the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Single State Agency for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the designated State Drug Court Coordinator, or local governmental unit such as county or city agency with direct involvement with the drug court; Tribal Court Administrator; federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations; and individual family treatment drug courts.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by January 16, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $8,500,000 is available in total funding. Up to 20 awards are expected. Awards are up to $425,000 per year. Grant period is up to five years. Cost sharing/match is not required in this program.


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