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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program

Grants to Montana Government and Tribal Agencies for
Substance Abuse Treatment in Correctional Facilities

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

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03/28/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt


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Grants to Montana government and tribal agencies to prevent the cycle of alcohol use, drug use, and violence. This program aids tribal, local, and state governments in the development and implementation of substance abuse treatment programs in local, tribal, and state jails, correctional, and detention facilities. Funding also supports the creation and maintenance of community-based aftercare services for individuals, with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices.

RSAT enhances the capabilities of states and units of local and tribal governments to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares individuals for community reintegration by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services.

Priority Projects:

Jail-based Programs:
- Engage participants for at least three months.
- Focus on the inmate’s substance use diagnosis and addiction-related needs.
- Develop the inmate’s cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems.
-Require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing for program
participants, including both periodic and random testing, and for former participants while they remain in the custody of the state or local government.
-Prepare participants for successful community reintegration, including post-release referral to appropriate evidence-based aftercare treatment and service providers that support the use of medication-assisted treatment.

If possible, jail-based programs should separate the treatment population from the general correctional population and program design should be based on effective, scientific practices.

Residential Programs that:
- Engage participants for a period between 6 and 12 months.
- Provide residential treatment facilities set apart – in a completely separate facility or dedicated housing unit in a facility exclusively for use by RSAT participants – from the general correctional population.
- Focus on the participant’s substance use diagnosis and addiction-related needs.
- Develop the participant’s behavioral, cognitive, social, vocational and other skills to solve the substance use and related problems.
- Require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing for program participants, including both periodic and random testing, and for former participants while they remain in the custody of the state, local or tribal government.
- Prepare participants for successful community reintegration, including post-release referral to appropriate evidence-based aftercare treatment and service providers that support the use of medication-assisted treatment.

Programs should also involve treatment from a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC).

To be eligible for funding under the RSAT Program, applicants shall ensure that individuals who participate in the substance abuse treatment program established or implemented under this program, will be provided with aftercare services. Aftercare services must involve coordination between the correctional treatment program and other social service and rehabilitation programs, such as education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help and peer group programs. To qualify as aftercare, the head of the proposed substance abuse treatment program must work in conjunction with state, local and tribal authorities, and organizations involved in substance abuse treatment, to assist in the placement of program participants into community substance abuse treatment facilities on release. Programs shall coordinate these activities with any Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded state, local and/or tribal program that addresses the needs of this population.

10% of the award can be used for aftercare services.

Best Practices and Provision of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Services:
Applicants are strongly urged to provide substance abuse treatment practices and services that have a demonstrated evidence base and are appropriate for the target population. Applicants should identify the evidence-based practice being proposed, identify and discuss the evidence showing the practice is effective, discuss the population(s) for which the practice has been shown effective, and show it is appropriate for the proposed target population.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) places a strong emphasis on the use of data and evidence in criminal justice program development. OJP is committed to improving the quantity and quality of evidence it generates; integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field; and improving the translation of evidence into practice.

OJP considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence, generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations. Causal evidence documents a relationship between an activity or intervention (including technology) and its intended outcome, including measuring the direction and size of a change and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. Causal evidence depends on the use of scientific methods to rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. The strength of causal evidence, based on the factors described above, will influence the degree to which OJP considers a program or practice to be evidence-based. OJP’s Crime Solutions web site is a resource applicants may use to find information about evidence-based programs.

Applicants that demonstrate use of evidence-based best practices in substance use treatment and service provision, will be given priority for funding.

Applicants that demonstrate a collaborative approach in program development and execution will be given priority for funding. Involvement by participating agencies must be documented through current Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and/or Letters of Support (LOS) from active organizations, including specific contributions to be made.

Generally Allowable Costs (list not all-inclusive):
- Advertising and public relations costs – restrictions apply;
- Audit costs - If an agency receives less than $750,000 per year in total federal assistance, the agency will not be required to arrange for an audit and may not charge audit costs to your grant. Agencies receiving $750,000 per year or more in total federal assistance will be required to have an audit performed, in accordance with federal guidelines. Costs for such an audit should be charged proportionately to all programs being audited;
- Communication costs;
- Compensation for personal services – detailed time and attendance records are required
- Employee morale, health, and welfare costs;
- Equipment – must be integral to the project. Equipment is defined as having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost greater than $5,000;
- Insurance and indemnification – restrictions apply;
- Maintenance and repair costs – restrictions apply;
- Material and supplies costs;
- Meetings and conferences – restrictions apply;
- Memberships, subscriptions and professional activity costs – restrictions apply;
- Professional or consultant service costs must follow the applicable federal grant guidelines and state policy;
- Publication and printing costs – restrictions apply;
- Rental costs of buildings and equipment;
- Training costs; and
- Travel costs – mileage, per diem, and lodging cannot exceed state rates.

For more information on allowable costs visit:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167212

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2018 and concludes June 30, 2019. Funds may not be expendedor obligated prior to July 1, 2018. The project period is 12 months long.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include local and tribal governments and state agencies. Private, and non-private, nonprofit agencies are not eligible to apply.

RSAT funds shall not be used for land acquisition or construction projects.

Unallowable Costs (list not all-inclusive):
- Bad debts;
- Construction in general;
- Compensation and travel of federal employees;
- Costs incurred outside the project period;
- Donations and contributions;
- Entertainment;
- Fines, penalties, and interest expense;
- Food and beverages (including alcoholic);
- Fundraising and investment costs;
- Goods or services for personal use;
- Land acquisition or purchase of real property;
- Lobbying;
- Membership fees to organizations whose primary activity is lobbying;
- Pre-agreement costs;
- Purchase or lease of vehicles;
- Supplanting;
- Tips; and
- Uniform allowances.

For more information on unallowable costs visit:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP must address these issues via the MBCC website on or before March 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants are to submit questions using the online MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request.

Applications for RFP #18-09 (R) RSAT must be submitted online, on or before March 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. noon. Applications will be submitted in the OSAS under the registered applicant. To mitigate any potential submission difficulties, MBCC strongly urges application submission 72 hours prior to the due date.

Schedule of Events
- RFP Issue Date: February 14, 2018
- Deadline for receipt of written questions: March 23, 2018
- Responses to Questions posted on MBCC Website: Every Friday after the RFP is released until the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
- RFP Submission Deadline: March 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. noon
- Staff and Committee Review: March 28 – April 25, 2018
- Application Review Committee (ARC): May 2018 (tentative)
- Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2018 (tentative)
- Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
- Project End Date: June 30, 2019

A new applicant must register with the Online Subgrantee Application System (OSAS) immediately to ensure meeting the application deadline.

For applicants without internet access, who cannot apply electronically through the OSAS, contact
Program Specialist Carrie Lutkehus.

Persons who need this material in another format to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process should contact the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC).

Note: Because federal funds are not always available immediately following the award date, applicants should prepare for this contingency.

Matching contributions of 25% (cash or in-kind) of the total cost of the RSAT project (federal funds plus local match) are required and must be derived from non-federal sources. All funds designated as match are restricted to the same uses as the federal RSAT funds and must be expended within the grant period.

Applicants for Federal awards are required to have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number and to maintain a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Note: Federal regulations require applicants to establish and maintain proper accounting systems and financial records to include policies and procedures.

Crime Statistics: Agencies may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their applications. MTIBRS Online Reporting (MOR) is an analytical/statistical tool that takes full advantage of Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System (MTIBRS). Users can select reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements or can create their own custom reports based on multiple variables. Data from 2005 and the most current calendar year is available.

Grant Description:

OJP’s Crime Solutions Web Site:

SAMHSA’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices:



Application Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request:

Carrie Lutkehus, Program Specialist
(406) 444-2632

Connie Young, Fiscal Services Bureau Chief
(406) 444-7361

Montana Board of Crime Control
5 South Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201408
Helena, MT 59620-1408

Office: (406) 444-3604
FAX: (406) 444-4722
TTY: (406) 444-7099

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP # 18-09 (R)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana