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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Winter

Dept. of Health and Human Services - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.

Opportunity Title:

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Medication Assisted Treatment Access

Opportunity Number:



The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year HRSA initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the RCORP-Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Program. RCORP-MAT Access will advance RCORP’s overall goal by improving access to and quality of MAT and supportive services in rural communities. The purpose of this program is to improve health care in rural areas by establishing new MAT access points and increasing the capacity for sustainable MAT service provision in rural areas. This program is intended to support MAT to treat OUD, however HRSA encourages award recipients to also target alcohol use disorder (AUD) with MAT if the need exists. Over the course of the three-year period of performance, RCORP-MAT Access recipients will implement activities that are aligned with the following overarching program goals: Goal 1 - Establish new MAT access points to provide both medications and supportive services to individuals with OUD and/or AUD in rural communities; Goal 2 - Enhance the MAT workforce through recruitment, training, and the development of peer mentorship networks; Goal 3 - Build community capacity and infrastructure to support more effective and efficient MAT service provision; and, Goal 4 - Ensure sustainability of the new MAT access points through improved billing and coding, as well as enrollment of eligible individuals into health insurance. For the purposes of this NOFO, “MAT access” includes affordability, accessibility, acceptability, and availability of MAT treatment and supportive services for rural individuals who reside in the rural areas as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. Additionally, HRSA defines MAT as the use of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-person” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder (AUD).


County governments

City or township governments

Independent school districts

For profit organizations other than small businesses

Special district governments

Small businesses

State governments

Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit and for-profit, entities. In addition to the 50 U.S. states, organizations in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible

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Application Deadline:

July 23, 2022

Webinar Information:

FORHP will host a webinar for interested applicants on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm MDT, via Zoom. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.

You can also join the webinar via phone: Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864; Participant Code: 160 096 3647.

Note: Registration is not required for this webinar.

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