What's Happening?

Across the country so many are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and families impacted by substance use. We want to recognize these efforts, share in the accomplishments being realized and keep you in the know regarding what’s happening! Here you will find information about events that have recently occurred or are planned, shared successes and newsworthy content that both informs your work and inspires innovation and celebration as the work to build capacity to improve the life condition of youth and families across the country evolves.

Friday, June 4, 2021
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Opioid Response Network, is offering the opportunity to apply to the Community Transformation Academy (CTA).
Friday, June 4, 2021
The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health Innovation Awards initiative aims to identify and fund mental healthcare solutions for children and young adults across the United States.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
This announcement provides full scope of CPD solication previously announced on May 20, 2021.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
This program offers funding to a single entity to establish and maintain a National Indian Resource Center Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women (NIRC).
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative will provide funding to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices committed to engaging in strategies to address the underlying crimes and criminogenic conditions contributing to clearly identified violent crime problems occurring in rural jurisdictions. All applicants that receive funding under this initiative are expected to collaborate with a training and technical assistance provider.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The program provides for the development, operation, and management of OVC’s National Center for Culturally Responsive Victim Services. The Center will facilitate the delivery of national-scale, high quality training and technical assistance to increase access to victim services and victim compensation for victims of crime in areas that have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by inequality, including communities of color.
Friday, May 28, 2021
FORE will provide grant support for projects that bring an innovative approach to issues related to all aspects of slow the steamroll of the nation’s opioid crisis. This RFP targets projects which can explore and/or evaluate new “outside-thebox” ideas, bring together approaches from diverse fields, and engage multidisciplinary, cross-sector teams to solve some of the crisis’ most stubborn problems
Friday, May 28, 2021
The Capacity Building Center for States and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) created this listing of free online trainings in child welfare and related topics as a resource to support the increased need for child welfare staff to be able to receive training virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, May 28, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a higher dose of naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray product to treat opioid overdose. The newly approved product delivers 8 milligrams (mg) of naloxone into the nasal cavity. The FDA had previously approved 2 mg and 4 mg naloxone nasal spray products.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Bioré® Skincare and Mental Health First Aid USA invite higher education students to sign-up to receive a free virtual training session to become a certified Mental Health First Aider. By learning how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health or substance use challenges, you can be a force for activism and change on your college campus. And one day, you may just save someone’s life.
Friday, May 28, 2021
In the FY 2021 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition, AmeriCorps seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in several areas of community recovery and engagement.
Friday, May 28, 2021
This notice solicits applications for the American Rescue Plan Act - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) – New Area Expansion. The purpose of this program is to promote behavioral health integration into pediatric primary care by supporting pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs.
Friday, May 28, 2021
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $145 million in competitive funding available to build systems intended to end youth homelessness in local and rural communities through HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). Competitive funding is available to up to 50 communities for implementation of youth specific innovative programs to address the needs of youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Friday, May 28, 2021
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.6 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Youth 14-25 years old are invited to submit any original form of art and describe how it depicts resilience against substance misuse.
Friday, May 28, 2021
The Bank of America charitable foundation is accepting applications for funding to support community efforts aimed at boosting economic mobility through affordable housing, small businesses, and neighborhood revitalization. Grants are $5,000-50,000. Applications will be accepted from May 31, 2021, to June 25, 2021.
Friday, May 28, 2021
HUD is making available up to $5 million for Planning Grants. Planning Grants are two-year grants of up to $450,000 that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and in carrying out early action activities to build the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. Applications are due Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Moving Upstream: Confronting Racism to Open Up a Child's Potential (Center for Developing Child Harvard University) highlights the connection of experiencing significant adversity or trauma early in life and being at greater risk for diminished well-being in the adult years while also highlighting specific neighborhood adversities (based on race).
Thursday, May 27, 2021
This program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan, implement, or expand effective reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism. Grantees will work with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to identify system gaps and then implement improvements to enhance the effectiveness of their reentry system or to implement or enhance a reentry program to reduce recidivism among a specific target population.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Implementing a trauma-informed, recovery-oriented system of care (TI-ROSC) framework helps communities better support individuals with substance use challenges by addressing their unique needs and helping foster sustained recovery. Apply to become a participating member at the Trauma-Informed, Recovery-oriented System of Care Community Transformation Academy.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Calling all creative youth 14-25 years old! The National Institute on Drug Abuse wants to get youth involved in messaging about prevention of substance use in their communities.
Monday, May 24, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) in an effort to help curb the dramatic spike in overdose deaths largely driven by the use of strong synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyl. 
Monday, May 24, 2021
The 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through the implementation of peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs. The LEMHWA solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Up to $8...
Monday, May 24, 2021
The 2021 Anti-Heroin Task Force program is a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds must be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or other opioids, or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Up to $35 million is available for this program.
Monday, May 24, 2021
The 2021 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program is a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Up to $15 million is available for this program.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Areas of work include: Prevention and Early Intervention for At-Risk Children Programs that focus on replicating evidence-based programs, (such as Incredible Years, or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and building North Carolina and South Carolina’s capacity to implement evidence-based models. Out of Home Care Programs that help the child welfare system improve well-being through better assessment and the exclusive use of high quality providers that offer a range of services during and after care. See link for further details about this...
Monday, May 24, 2021
OVC is seeking applications from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Assistance and Compensation Program State Administering Agencies to implement statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.
Monday, May 24, 2021
OVC will fund an entity to support field-generated, innovative strategies, approaches, and models to support individuals, groups and communities impacted by hate crime
Monday, May 24, 2021
The OJJDP Family Drug Court Program seeks to build the capacity of state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to establish new family drug courts, enhance existing family drug courts, or implement statewide or countywide family drug court practices that increase collaboration with substance abuse treatment and child welfare systems to ensure the provision of treatment and other services for families that improve child, parent, and family outcomes.
Monday, May 24, 2021
This solicitation provides funding for communities to develop and implement prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies that aim to reduce youth gun and gang violence.
Monday, May 24, 2021
This program supports the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic to ensure public safety.
Monday, May 24, 2021
The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. Up to $53 million is available for this program.
Friday, May 21, 2021
This program will support the development, implementation, and dissemination of a train-the-trainer trauma-informed, hope-centered framework to assist law enforcement officers with addressing trauma and adversity in order to repair and rebuild relationships within the community.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the justice system. This program supports public safety efforts through partnerships with social services and other organizations that will enhance responses to people with MI and CMISA.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Through this opportunity, the BJA is seeking to establish a cooperative agreement with one training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to further develop the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National TTA Program to support and deliver TTA to PSN Teams, state and local law enforcement, other criminal justice professionals, and research partners.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The purpose of this program is to identify one provider to support a collaborative team and coordinate training and technical assistance (TTA) for state, tribal, and local criminal justice and substance abuse treatment agencies and their partner agencies for more than 400 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) site-based programs. TTA may also be delivered to other entities needing such support.
Friday, May 21, 2021
This program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan, implement, or expand effective reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program supports Department priorities to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse.
Friday, May 21, 2021
This program provides funding for state, local, and tribal governments to enhance or implement performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and address the substance use disorders impacting formerly incarcerated people.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program is part of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP). It is designated to support law enforcement–behavioral health cross-system collaboration and to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) provides funding to enable police agencies to effectively use evidence-based practices, data, and technology.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Through the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model, CMS aims to continue addressing disparities by providing a way for rural communities to transform their health care delivery systems by leveraging innovative financial arrangements as well as operational and regulatory flexibilities.
Friday, May 21, 2021
This program supports the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic to ensure public safety.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through Sept. 30, 2021.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Funding to Support Comprehensive Community Prevention, Treatment, Recovery and Health Services will provide nearly $2.5 billion in funding to states and territories to address the nation’s mental illness and addiction crisis, which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAMHSA , will direct $1.65 billion in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding and $825 million in Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funding to states and territories.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund's Native Intiatives: Fostering Economic Self-Determination for Your Native Community (US Department of Treasury) recognizes the Native Communities have some of the greatest barriers to accessing capital and basic financial services in the nation. Specialized, mission-driven organizations called Native Community Development Financial Institutions - or Native CDFIs- help Native Communities grow by increasing their access to credit, capital, and financial services.
Friday, May 21, 2021
https://web.cvent.com/event/2c21f3df-5e76-4805-a462-7cb06982d63a/summary
Friday, May 21, 2021
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking, with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level, to create effective change across systems. OVC expects to make two awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2021. Closing date is June 29, 2021 at 11;59 p.m. for...
Thursday, May 20, 2021
The 2021 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program is a competitive grant program designed to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.