West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) - Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF)
06/08/18 5:00 PM
Grants of up to $20,000 to West Virginia institutions of higher education to increase the capacity of drug addiction recovery resources available to students in educational environments. This program seeks to promote wellbeing and maximize students’ chances of succeeding in recovery and rejoining the workforce.
BBHHF is soliciting applications from institutions of higher education to initiate a collegiate recovery initiative on campus with the goals of providing recovery support for individuals in the learning environment. The application must detail a plan to provide recovery support services on campus and a plan of sustainability after this one-time funding. The application must specify how the program will promote and support all pathways to recovery, including Medication Assisted Treatment. A maximum of $20,000.00 is available per site, which may include personnel, supplies, training, and other specific costs. This funding is for new or existing sites.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) envisions healthy communities where integrated resources are accessible for everyone to achieve wellness, personal goals and a self-directed future. The mission of the Bureau BBHHF is to ensure that West Virginians with mental health and/or substance use disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or long term care needs experience quality services that are comprehensive, readily accessible and tailored to meet individual, family and community needs.
Partnerships and collaboration among public and private systems, as well as with individuals, families, agencies and communities, are important components of the systems of care surrounding each person. The role of the Bureau is to provide leadership in the administration, integration and coordination of the public behavioral health system. The work is informed by results of a multi-year strategic planning process that includes critical partners in planning, funding and delivering services and supports.
The following Strategic Priorities guide services and service continuum development:
Behavioral Health System Goals:
-Priority 1 Assessment and Planning: Implement an integrated approach for the collection, analysis, interpretation and use of data to inform planning, allocation and monitoring of the WV behavioral health service delivery system.
-Priority 2 Capacity: Build the capacity and competency of WV’s behavioral health workforce and other stakeholders to effectively plan, implement, and sustain comprehensive, culturally relevant services.
-Priority 3 Implementation: Increase access to effective behavioral health prevention, early identification, treatment and recovery management that is high quality and person-centered.
-Priority 4 Sustainability: Manage resources effectively by promoting good stewardship and further development of the WV behavioral health service delivery system.
Collegiate Recovery Program:
Target Population: College-attending adult men and women (Ages 18+) self-identified or formally assessed as having a substance misuse problem either currently or in the past and who are motivated to engage in on-campus recovery activities for support, in the form of:
1. On campus recovery and outreach events
2. Recovery support groups
3. Substance free gathering spaces
4. Peer Mentoring
5. Referral to community-based services and supports as needed.
Definition of Recovery:
Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential. Recovery support services provide opportunities to achieve such change through social inclusion or engaging in supportive recovery communities. Peer support, Peer Recovery Coaching, Recovery Support Center Services, Supports for Self-Directed Care, mutual aid meetings, such as AA/NA, and safe living environments are effective components of the process.
A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students in their aspirations to become healthy, productive member of society. The collegiate recovery school movement began with the development of school-based recovery support services at Brown University in 1977 and Rutgers University in 1983. These programs evolved into more fully developed recovery communities at Texas Tech University in 1986 and Augsburg College in 1997.
These programs sought to meet recovering students’ support needs, as part of a broader effort to address substance use on campus by offering onsite sober housing, self-help meetings, and counseling provided by a small staff. CRPs’ strive to create a campus-based “recovery friendly’ space and a supportive social community to enhance educational opportunities while supporting students’ recovery and emotional growth. All aimed to improve outcomes for students who had developed dependencies on alcohol and other substances. Students participating in these trailblazing early programs had superior outcomes to those were not participants, which was later confirmed by an emerging body of research.
From 1997 to 2004, additional collegiate recovery programs were organized at Dana College (2001), Grand Valley State University (2002), Case Western Reserve University (2004), University of Texas at Austin (2004), and Loyola College in Maryland (2004). During this period research confirmed that these CRCs provided successful support to college students in recovery. Additional research has documented reduced numbers of drinkers in students’ social circles, increased accomplishment of developmental and transitional milestones, and increased social supports. All-important social supports, identified as academic supports, peer-to-peer recovery supports, and 12-Step recovery supports, are speculated to be the main mechanism of these programs effectiveness.
More recently, federal agencies have called for the expansion of community-based recovery support models to extend the continuum of care, including in schools and colleges (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2010; U.S. Dept. of Education, 2010) Several factors lead to increased interest in CRPs about a decade ago. This includes academic institutions and federal agencies’ growing recognition of youth substance use and, in particular, campus-based use, as a major public health concern, and federal agencies’ shift to a recovery-oriented “chronic care.”
The Collegiate Recovery Model:
Every institution of higher education is rich in the experiences it has to offer. Typically, only a fraction of an institution’s resources is fully accessed by student – whether in recovery or not. However, it appears that students in recovery take advantage of resources that other students often overlook. By working to provide access to helpful resources, encouraging new relationships, cultivation peer support services, imparting life-skills and celebrating the pursuit of education goals, every collegiate recovery effort can dramatically impact change in the college community.
Each collegiate recovery initiative must start with an asset-based approach that is focused on asset mapping. This effort focus on building relationships and connection among advocates for change and often start with a handful of champions (i.e. students, faculty, administration).
An effective collegiate recovery program works with people in any stage of recovery -- persons with active behavioral health issues as well as persons in long-term recovery which includes medication assisted recovery. The recovery program may choose to serve individuals at any stage of initiation, engagement or maintenance of the recovery process. The program should not associate primarily with any specific pathway/philosophy to recovery (i.e., faith-based, mutual aid (NA/AA), self-help, Medication Assisted Treatment, etc.)
Collaborations and Memoranda of Understanding:
Applicants for this funding must have two (2) Letters of Support from college administration, including those who oversee collegiate health programs. This will help demonstrate buy-in from the top levels of administration and therefore maximize the probability of long term sustainability. Additionally, each applicant must identify who will be on a planning committee for the program and what their roles will be.
Please note that Departmental Policies are predicated on requirements and authoritative guidance related to Federal grants management and administrative rules and regulations, Grantees shall be required to adhere to those same requirements when administering other DHHR grants or assistance programs, the source of which is non-Federal funds (e.g. state-appropriated general revenue and appropriated or non-appropriated special revenue funds) unless specifically provided direction to the contrary.
GrantWatch ID#: 183666
Up to 5 sites will be funded.
A maximum of $20,000 is available per site.
Funding for this Announcement of Funding Availability is anticipated to be one time funding, to be expended by June 30, 2019. Each application must explain in detail how the program will be sustained after these funds are expended.
Applications are solicited from institutions of higher education.
Eligible applicants are public or private organizations with a valid West Virginia Business License and/or units of local government. If the applicant is not already registered as a vendor in the State of West Virginia, registration must either be completed prior to award or the vendor must demonstrate proof of such application.
The Grantee is solely responsible for all work performed under the agreement and shall assume all responsibility for services offered and products to be delivered under the terms of the award. The State shall consider the designated Grantee applicant to be the sole point of contact about all contractual matters. The grantee may, with the prior written consent of the State, enter written sub agreements for performance of work; however, the grantee shall be responsible for payment of all subawards.
The Office of Drug Control Policy and BBHHF announce the availability of an informational webinar scheduled for May 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM.
Please register at:
-Date of Release: 5/9/18
-Application Deadline: 6/8/18 5:00 PM
All grant funds are awarded and invoiced on a reimbursement basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities
350 Capital Street, Room 350
Charleston, WV 25301-3702
AFA Number: 4-2018-SA
USA: West Virginia