CARA Act - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States Grants awarded through the CARA Act are intended as an enhancement to current or formerly funded Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant award recipients as established community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions capable of effecting community-level change. For the purposes of this FOA and the DFC Support Program, a coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. CARA grant award recipients, also referred to as ?recipients,? are expected to conduct the day-to-day operations of the grant program. CARA recipients are not permitted to serve as a conduit for CARA funds passing through them or to another agency. Coalitions receiving CARA Act funds, as current or formerly funded DFC recipients, are expected to work with leaders in their communities to identify and address local youth opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse and create sustainable community-level change. Additionally, recipients are expected to implement comprehensive community-wide strategies.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
55 awards made.Fiscal Year 2019
It is estimated 55 awards will be made.Fiscal Year 2020
It is estimated 55 awards will be made.
CARA Act - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, Title 1, Section 103, Public Law 114-198, 42 U.S.C. 201
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The statutory authority for this program, 42 USC 1536 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, limits eligibility to domestic public and private nonprofit entities that are current or former Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program recipients. Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing local youth opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States
The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States *For the purposes of this FOA, "youth" is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.
- Signed Assurance of Legal Eligibility - Disclosure of Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funding - Statement of Rates of Abuse of Opioids and Methamphetamines - Meeting Minutes - Coalition meeting minutes from a meeting that took place within the four months prior to the deadline for this application that documents efforts to address an emerging issue or a local crisis related to the abuse of opioids, methamphetamines, and/or prescription drugs in the community. - Applicant must demonstrate ability to comply with the CARA Program Evaluation requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This grant program is covered under Executive Order (EO) 12372, as implemented through Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulation at 45 CFR Part 100. Under this Order, states may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed federal assistance under covered programs. Certain jurisdictions have elected to participate in the EO process and have established State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs).
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
1. Applications received, statutory eligibility screening conducting 2. Peer Review is conducted, applications scored 3. Budget Reviews and Negotiations Conducted 4. Notice of Award (NoA) will then be sent electronically to the individual listed as the Business Official on the Application for federal Assistance. 5. list of awardees will be posted at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/Drug-Free-Communities-Support-Program. 6.2017 all applicants whose applications were sent to peer review will receive a letter from SAMHSA through postal mail and sent to the individual listed as the Business Official on the Application for Federal Assistance.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Non Competing Continuation is required for Renewal each year. Funding is subject to the availability of federal funds, and that matching funds, (if applicable), are verifiable, and progress of the award is documented and acceptable
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the CARA Funding Opportunity Announcement, Application Review Information.
How may assistance be used?
CARA grants awarded through this program are intended to:
•Enhance the ability of established community organizations to create community-level change regarding opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications.
•Strengthen collaboration among communities, the federal government, state, local, and tribal governments to reduce the use of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth within the area served by the coalition.
•Enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination on the issue of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth.
•Develop a comprehensive community-wide action plan to address the issue of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth.
The types of activities that are expected and allowable include, but are not limited to:
•data collection to better understand the current local youth opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse issues in the community;
•community education on the dangers of opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse;
•prescriber education and training;
•awareness and availability of naloxone/narcan policies;
•increase awareness and availability of safe storage and prescription drug disposal options;
•promotion of proper usage of Presciption Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP); and/or
•seek specialized training and technical assistance to help increase the effectiveness of community anti-drug coalitions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
CARA Local Drug Crises grant award recipients are required to participate in the CARA Local Drug Crises Program Evaluation. At a minimum, CARA Local Drug Crises recipients are required to provide data on the following (four) core measures for prescription drugs for three grades between the 6th and 12th grades. 1. Past 30-day use 2. Perception of risk or harm 3. Perception of parental disapproval of use 4. Perception of peer disapproval of use
Non-Federal recipients that expend $750,000 or more in Federal awards during the recipient's fiscal year must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR SS75.501(a).
Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The award project period is three years, with 12 month budget periods. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$2,744,145.00; FY 19 est $2,744,145.00; FY 20 est $2,744,145.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Anticipated Total Available Funding:$2,750,000 Estimated Award Amount:Up to $50,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects