SAMHSA Opportunity Aims to Strengthen Clinical and Recovery Workforce
SAMHSA Opportunity Aims to Strengthen Clinical and Recovery Workforce

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) Cooperative Agreement opportunity. The ATTC Network was created by SAMHSA in 1993 to: accelerate the use of evidence-based care in addiction treatment and recovery; increase awareness, knowledge and skills of the addiction treatment and recovery workforce; and promote regional and national alliances among all stakeholders in the recovery community. This Funding Opportunity Announcement reflects major reform in ATTC activities as it moves from its tradition to training individuals to a systems change approach guided by the Institute of Medicine.

This particular opportunity will support 11 awardees in the creation of an ATTC Network comprised of 11 centers, including one National Coordinating Office and 10 Regional Centers. The National Coordinating Office will be foremost charged with building and maintaining a “comprehensive infrastructure for the ATTC Network that promotes internal and external communication and collaboration for the purpose of supporting SAMHSA’s workforce development and quality improvement missions, goals, and objectives.” Regional centers will foster regional and local communication and collaboration for the same purpose.

ATTC National Coordinating applicants may request up to $1,175,294 per year during the five-year project period. Regional Center applicants may request up to $775,294 per year. The ATTC regional structure is laid out in Appendix C of Part 1 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement and is as follows:

  • Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
  • Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
  • Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
  • Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
  • Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
  • Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Region 9: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau
  • Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

The opportunity includes two primary focuses: 1) developing tools for practitioners to use to improve the quality of substance use disorder (SUD) services; and 2) providing significant technical assistance aimed at improving processes and practices in the delivery of SUD services to provider organizations. A list of the required activities for both national and regional applications may be found here, beginning on page 7.

With a cooperative agreement as the award mechanism, successful applicants will work closely with SAMHSA and participate in substantial post-award program coordination. Applications are due February 9, 2017.