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National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams to Address the Needs of Infants, Young Children, and Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, or
IHE to Assist Children Affected by Substance Abuse

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families - Administration on Children, Youth and Families - Children's Bureau

Deadline Date:

07/21/17 4:30 PM ET Receipt of Paper Applications (electronic exemption required); 11:59 PM ET Receipt of Electronic Applications


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Grant to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, government agency, or IHE to operate a resource center to prevent child abuse by strengthening services for children and families affected by substance abuse. The selected recipient will support demonstration sites in enhancing substance abuse treatment services.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will fund a Quality Improvement Center (QIC) that will support demonstration sites that establish or enhance collaborative community court teams to design, implement and test approaches to meet the requirements of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 2010 as amended by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) and that better meet the needs of infants and families affected by substance use disorder and prenatal substance exposure.

This FOA is intended to build on and enhance the basic collaborative approach offered by the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant Toddler Court Teams (QIC-ITCT) to specifically address the needs of infants, young children, and their parents or caregivers affected by substance use disorder. The FOA is intended to produce sustainable approaches and strategies that will be useful nationally in addressing this epidemic.

The QIC must support demonstration sites in assessing their current capacity to collaboratively address the health and substance use disorder treatment needs of infants, young children and their parents or caregivers, and create or enhance a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach for ensuring that local entities work effectively across systems and best understand whether and in what manner they are providing services in accordance with CARA's state requirements.

The demonstration sites must include intensive collaboration among the child welfare agency, Court Improvement Program, local courts, legal community, substance use treatment providers, preventative service providers, mental health providers, medical providers, and other key stakeholders. Demonstration sites must include clear plans to build collaborative capacity and facilitate timely and effective data and information sharing.

Project Requirements


The grantee will be required to facilitate intensive collaboration within demonstration sites among family-serving agencies, including, but not limited to, child welfare agencies, substance use disorder treatment providers, mental health agencies, medical providers, Court Improvement Programs, local courts, attorneys for children and parents, and other service organizations. Collaborations must include the following components:

1. Routine consultation and interaction with other agencies;
2. Joint accountability and shared outcomes among agencies in memoranda of agreement/understanding;
3. Cross training and staff development;
4. Processes for communication and information sharing; and
5. Willingness and agreement to share administrative data for program evaluation.

Project Activities and Strategies:

The grantee must help demonstration sites improve or enhance their capacities to collaboratively serve parents and caregivers affected by substance use disorder and their very young children, implement the requirements of the CARA, and generate knowledge for the field. The QIC must perform six categories of work that will occur pursuant to the following timeline:

1. Demonstration Site Selection. The grantee must select no fewer than 15 demonstration sites. These sites must include as many of the current QIC-ITCT sites as have need for assistance implementing the CARA and enhancing practice to better serve parents and caregivers affected by substance use disorder and their children. A minimum of three non-QIC-ITCT sites must also be selected. Site selection must be finalized with approval of the CB within 6 months of the award.

2. Site Assessment. The QIC must assist each demonstration site in assessing its current capacity, practice, and policies to implement the requirements of the CARA and collaboratively serve parents and caregivers affected by substance use disorder and their children. Assessments for each demonstration must be made within the first 10 months of funding.

3. Site Plan Development. The grantee must work with demonstration site teams to develop a plan to address policy, practice, and coordination needs identified through site assessments. Site plans must include concrete steps to identify critical stakeholders and form a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project team to co-create the plan. Site plans must be complete by month 14 of the project.

4. Site Plan Implementation. The grantee must provide training and technical assistance to demonstration sites to assist with all aspects of plan implementation. The Site Plan must be fully implemented in all demonstration sites by month 18 of the project.

5. Continuous Quality Improvement. The grantee must assist the demonstration sites in developing protocols and infrastructure to assure that policies and practices to meet the requirements of the CARA are implemented and that demonstration sites continue to improve collaborative processes to best meet the needs of parents or caregivers of children affected by substance use disorder and their children. This work must be ongoing through project completion.

6. Project Synthesis. The grantee will create a report for the field documenting all lessons learned about each phase of project work with special attention to the most effective strategies and approaches for implementing the CARA and improving collaborative, multi-system approaches to improving the manner in which parents and caregivers and their children are served.

Minimally, site assessment, planning, plan implementation, CQI, and synthesis work must build or enhance demonstration sites’ collaborative capacities to:

-Identify, screen and engage pregnant women who are using substances;

-Provide treatment for pregnant women, including timely access, comprehensive medication and guidelines and standards for treatment;

-Ensure consistent hospital screening for pregnant women, postpartum women and their infants;

-Ensure consistent hospital notifications to Child Protective Services (CPS), including questions and responses that will help CPS hotline workers assess risk and protective factors and safety concerns;

-Promote memoranda of agreement for information sharing and monitoring infants and families across systems;

-Develop model care plans for mothers and their infants that include home visitation, early intervention services and recovery supports; and plans of safe care that are of sufficient duration; and

-Implement strategies to teach and prepare judges; court administrators; attorneys for parents and children; child welfare agency staff and caseworkers; and medical, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment and providers to best understand, identify, address, and engage with families and caregivers to ensure that the specific needs of infants affected by prenatal substance use disorder exposure are met.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181804

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that there will be a single award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is anticipated that the award will be up to $3,000,000 per year for up to 3 years.

-Award Ceiling: $3,000,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $2,500,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $3,000,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated projects start date is September 30, 2017.

The project period is 36 months with three 12-month budget periods.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public or private agencies or organizations are eligible to apply.

Note: Collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches are acceptable. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for electronic application submission via is 11:59 PM ET on July 21, 2017.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 PM ET on July 21, 2017. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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Contact Information:

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

Program Office Contact

David Kelly
Children's Bureau
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
c/o LCG, Inc.
1400 Key Blvd, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209

Office of Grants Management Contact
Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
c/o LCG, Inc.

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