The following agencies have recently been awarded RPTIF funding to implement projects in the priority areas of medication-assisted treatment, integration of behavioral health services, adolescent/family services, and infrastructure investments: Colleton Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Gateway Counseling Center, Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, Ernest E. Kennedy Center, LRADAC, Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission, and Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.’
The month of October was designated by Presidential Proclamation in 2011 to be National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Agency leaders, practitioners, and community members are using this month to raise awareness of preventative practices. Evidence-based practices for substance abuse prevention geared towards adolescents and young adults include: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), Communities that Care (CTC), and Project SUCCESS to name a few. A list of 124 evidence-based programs and practices recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be found here. The key to building healthier communities lies in the implementation of evidence-based prevention practices that have been proven to reduce the development of substance abuse disorders. As President Obama stated in his proclamation, let’s use this month to “come together to acknowledge the role every person can play in preventing substance abuse and recommit to fostering a culture where all our people can live up to their fullest potential”.
September is National Recovery Month in the United States. Let’s use this month to gain a better understanding of our family members, friends, and neighbors struggling with mental health and substance use issues as well as celebrating those we know who have recovered. This year’s theme is ‘visible, vocal, valuable!’ Many individuals facing mental health and substance use disorders suffer in silence and never receive treatment. Approximately 137,000 South Carolinians are suffering from severe mental illness and over half do not receive treatment for any mental illness.1 In addition, 98.9% of South Carolinians reporting heavy alcohol use did not receive any form of treatment in this state.1 South Carolina’s 33 substance use agencies across the state are working to reduce these numbers and engage individuals in treatment.
The University of South Carolina College of Social Work is excited to announce the RPTIF’s annual Pre-Proposal Conference at the Medallion Conference Center on September 10th, 2015. This will be the third year in a row this conference will be offered to interested agencies in the state. The conference includes information on the RFP, a buffet lunch, and presentations from nationally recognized leaders in the substance use field. This year we are honored to host Dr. Howard Padwa from the University of California, Los Angeles; Les Sperling, CEO of the Central Kansas Foundation; and Colleen O’Donnell, MSW, PMP, CHTS-IM from the National Council for Behavioral Health.
The Medallion Conference Center
7309 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia, SC 29209
September 10th, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2015 RFP RELEASE
The University of South Carolina College of Social Work in conjunction with DAODAS and DHHS are pleased to announce the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the third round of funding from the RPTIF program. Previous rounds successfully funded 24 substance use agency projects across the state in priority areas such as: Enhancing Collaboration & Integration of Services, Improving Access to Service, Improving Service Engagement, and Workforce Development. The current RFP expects to award approximately $2,500,000 more in project funding.
This year, funding for grants will center on two priority areas: Planning & Implementation and Expansion Grants. Planning & Implementation grants will involve grantees developing a collaboration plan for a project in 1 of 4 sub-priority areas. This includes: Medication Assisted Treatment, Integration of Behavioral Health Providers, Adolescent/Family Services, or Infrastructure Investments. Grantees can be awarded up to $250,000 for projects lasting 18 to 24 months.
Expansion grants are exclusive to agencies successfully funded through Round 1 or Round 2 RPTIF funds. Agencies can elect to apply for these grants to expand projects in order to better serve their client population. Examples of ways funds can be used in this priority area include: travel for trainings and/or meetings, hiring expert consultants, or staffing costs for employees on the project. Grantees can be awarded between $250,000 to $350,000 for projects lasting 12 to 24 months.
Grant Proposals are due on October 26th, 2015 @ 5:00 p.m. EST
Submissions must be made online and can be found here.
Nine substance use agencies across South Carolina participated in an innovative 3-month technical assistance program under the RPTIF funding mechanism. Each site formed three to four person RPTIF project teams to participate in the program which consisted of three Community of Practice meetings in Columbia and three one-on-one site visits between each agency and RPTIF Senior Project Manager, Stephanie Clone. Each Community of Practice Meeting consisted of individual and group activities to strengthen skills in grant writing and project planning as it related to the RPTIF grant application. Agencies were able to bounce ideas off of each other as well as receive guidance from members of the College of Social Work RPTIF project team. During on-site meetings, agencies had an opportunity to ask questions and receive individualized assistance. Though this was the first year the RPTIF project team conducted the mini-grant funding process, the majority of participating agencies found the process to be beneficial.
- "I think this was a great process to really do what you all said, which was really to refine and focus on in on the proposal and I think for us we really did achieve that…when we do receive the funding we can hit the ground truly running knowing every aspect of what we need to have in place to really make this work and so it’s been very helpful.”
- “You’re trying to give us this money, that’s why you had to go through this process, and then it’s like okay that’s refreshing, or it’s definitely different than our experience with other grants. Other grants will do more like you got to work hard for this, this was like please come and work.”
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