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Solicitation Title: Planning Initiative to Build Bridges Between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

America’s correctional facilities sit at the epicenter of the opioid overdose crisis. Nationally, nearly one in five people entering local jails has an opioid use disorder (OUD), and some states estimate that a majority of their residents with OUDs pass through the doors of their jails each year. The high prevalence of OUDs in the jail population is especially concerning given the high rates of overdose post-release. Studies have estimated that formerly incarcerated people are significantly more likely to die of a drug overdose in the two weeks immediately post-release than are members of the general population. Individuals with OUDs who leave jail untreated also may continue their drug use, which can contribute to recidivism and reincarceration.

Our country's opioid epidemic is not a problem without solutions. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and recovery support, is the gold standard treatment for OUD and has been shown to reduce fatal overdoses and illicit drug use. Unfortunately, treatment access is limited in most communities and absent in many jails. This is a significant missed opportunity to initiate treatment for individuals with OUD while they are incarcerated and after they are released in the community.

Implementing MAT in jails and enhancing collaboration between jails and community providers are required to change the course of the opioid epidemic, but these are not easy tasks for local jurisdictions. The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) released this solicitation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA is joining efforts with Arnold Ventures to support a nine-month planning initiative designed to help communities develop a comprehensive continuum of care model that targets the jail population and builds bridges between in-custody and community-based treatment.

Under this solicitation, up to 15 communities will be selected to participate in the planning initiative. Communities that are selected for the planning initiative will:

  • Receive full travel scholarships for five team members to participate in two face-to-face meetings that will be held in Washington, DC, between July 2019 and February 2020. These meetings will be approximately two days in length. The scholarships will be managed as travel reimbursements, meaning that attendees will pay for their travel and be reimbursed for their eligible expenses according to federal travel guidelines after each training.
  • Have a meaningful opportunity to learn from experts and from one another. Over the course of nine months, there will be four virtual peer-to-peer exchanges, monthly coaching calls with subject experts, and tailored technical assistance for strategic planning.
  • Be eligible for additional funding and technical assistance to implement a continuum of care model to treat individuals with OUDs in the jail and the community.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants are limited to units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

All required application components must be submitted via online application no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on March 25, 2019.

For more details, you may access the full announcement here.

All application components must be submitted via online surveys. In preparation for completing the online surveys, you may also access a copy of the survey questions here. You must upload a single file containing signed letters of commitment from each proposed planning team member in the project narrative survey. The Drug Court Survey is required only if your jurisdiction has a drug court program. Links to each of the surveys are below. Each survey must be completed and submitted in one sitting. The system will not save your data for you to restart later.

Project Narrative

Planning Team Members

Data From Jail

Data From Probation

Data From the Local Government Department Responsible for Substance Use Treatment Services

Data From Drug Court (if applicable)


Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to, and we will do our best to respond promptly.

Additional Materials

The following materials provide additional information that will assist applicants in developing their responses to this solicitation.

Solicitation Title: The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program for FY 2019 Competitive Grant

The purpose of the BJA-supported Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is to equip courts and community supervision systems with the necessary tools and resources to utilize current evidence-based practices and principles to intervene with participants who abuse substances while preparing them for success in the community.

To view the competitive grant announcement, visit

Applications due:  April 16, 2019

Also, please plan to join Gregory Torain, BJA Policy Advisor, on Thursday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m., E.T., for an associated webinar to review the 2019 solicitation guidelines, explore application requirements, and engage in a question-and-answer session. Registration for the webinar is available on the National Drug Court Resource Center site at The Grant Solicitation Resources for Treatment Courts webpage also contains a wealth of information to support the proposal writing process.

Solicitation Title: National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community surveillance relevant to narcotics law enforcement, forensic science, and/or medicolegal death investigation. [The U.S. Department of Justice has identified the FY2019 solicitation drug priorities as: 1) fentanyl and its illicit analogues, 2) methamphetamine, and 3) illegal marijuana markets.] 

To view the solicitation, visit

Applications due:  May 6, 2019