Federal Funding Agencies
There are three major federal funding agencies for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice operates the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicition (CTAS), combines most of the tribal-specific grants into one solicition. CTAS includes at least two opportunities for Healing to Wellness Court funding.
On November 30, 2016, the Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is administered by the Justice Department's Office of Justice Program (OJP), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder victims; and support other efforts to combat crime.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 CTAS is available at https://www.justice.gov/tribal/open-solicitations
Deadline to apply was February 28, 2017
General Templates for CTAS FY-2017:
Sample Timeline Template
Sample Application Overview Template (Formerly Executive Summary)
Sample Tribal Narrative Profile Template
Purpose Area Narrative Templates for CTAS FY-2017:
Sample Purpose Area # 1 (COPS) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 2 (BJA, OJJDP, OVC, COPS, OVW) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 3 (BJA) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 4 (BJA) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 5 (OVW) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 6 (OVC) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 7 (OVC) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 8 (OJJDP) Template
Sample Purpose Area # 9 (OJJDP) Template
Purpose Area Specific Project Abstract Templates for CTAS FY-2017:
Sample Purpose Area 1 COPS
Sample Purpose Area 2 BJA
Sample Purpose Area 3 BJA
Sample Purpose Area 4 BJA
Sample Purpose Area 5 OVW
Sample Purpose Area 6 OVC
Sample Purpose Area 7 OVC
Sample Purpose Area 8 OJJDP
Sample Purpose Area 9 OJJDP
Applications for CTAS are submitted through DOJ's Grants Management System (GMS) which enables grantees to register and apply for CTAS online.
The 9 purpose areas are:
- Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
- Comprehensive Tribal Justice System Strategic Planning (BJA)
- Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
- Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
- Violence Against Indian Women-Tribal Governments Program (OVW)
- Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC)
- Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC)
- Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
- Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP)
Typically, tribes receiving funding for their Healing to Wellness Courts did so under Purpose Area 3: Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA). Tribes have also received Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court funding under Purpose Area 8: Juvenile Justice.
While there are no set dates, RFPs typically come out in November-December, and are due in February-March.
Resources for FY 2017 CTAS
Webinar: CTAS FY 2017: Funding Opportunities for Healing to Wellness Courts
December 15, 2016
This webinar provides a brief overview of Healing to Wellness Court funding opportunities available within the FY 2017 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). This webinar focuses primarily on purpose areas 3 and 8, which can include funding for adult, family, and juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts. The webinar details the CTAS application process, updates from FY 2016, important considerations for drafting a Wellness Court narrative, general grant writing tips, and available technical assistance. Representatives from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention were available to answer questions.
FY 2017 CTAS RFP
CTAS FY 2017 FAQ
Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), offers the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and American Indian tribal governments to develop and implement treatment drug courts that effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders. This program include grants for the
- Implementation of Drug Courts
- Enhancement of Drug Courts
FY 2017 BJA Drug Court Discretionary Grant RFP is available here
FY 2017 RFP was released on December 20, 2016. Applications were due February 28, 2017.
Grants are available for Implementation ($400,000 for 36 months) and Enhancement ($400,000 for 36 months) (an extention in amount of award from last year).
- Priority consideration is given to application who demonstrate adherence to with the 10 key components AND identify which of the NADCP Best Practice Standards the applicant is seeking to implement and how this implementation will occur.
There is a 25% match (cash or in-kind) requirement.
BJA Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program
Signed into law on July 22, 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is the first major federal substance use disorder treatment and recovery legislation in 40 years and the most comprehensive effort to address the opioid epidemic. CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based program was developed as part of the CARA legislation. The purpose of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. A separate competitive Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) solicitation will be posted during the first quarter of FY 2017. The TTA program is designed to complement the site-based competitive solicitation.
Due: April 25, 2017
Category 1: Overdose Outreach Projects
Category 3: System-Level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects
Category 6: Data-Driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. In addition to grants provided under CTAS (see above), OJJDP offers some grants that can be utilized to sustain a Healing to Wellness Court, including:
Family Drug Court Implementation and Enhancement Program
Due: May 31, 2016
The Family Drug Court Implementation and Enhancement Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to either implement new drug courts or enhance pre-existing drug courts for individuals with substance abuse disorders or substance use and cooccurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma, who are involved with the family dependency court as a result of child abuse, neglect, and other parenting issues. Applicants must provide services to the parents in the program and their children.
OJJDP FY 2017 Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program
This solicitation will support juvenile drug treatment courts to implement system changes, service delivery, and programming enhancements that are in alignment with the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines (JDTC Guidelines) that OJJDP anticipates releasing by the end of 2016. The new JDTC Guidelines will provide juvenile courts with an evidence-based, treatment-oriented approach that emphasizes family engagement and addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health challenges experienced by the youth. The guidelines are grounded in research on adolescent development, substance use treatment, youth interventions, family engagement, juvenile courts, and juvenile drug courts. Successful applicants will also be required to work with OJJDP’s training and technical assistance provider and to participate in research and evaluation activities to be conducted by an independent evaluator, funded separately by OJJDP.
Current Closing Date for Applications: May 02, 2017.
The SAMHSA offers several grants that can be used to implement or sustain a Healing to Wellness Court, including
Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts)
Due Date: December 12, 2016
Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts
Due Date: January 16, 2018
The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. Services must address the needs of the family as a whole and include direct service provision to children (18 and under) of individuals served by this project.
Important Links for Office of Justice Program (OJP) Grants
Below are several websites and resources that may be of use to you when applying for and/or after receiving BJA funds:
- BJA Grant Writing and Management Academy
- BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets
- Grant Payment Request System (GPRS) User Guide
- Grants Management System (GMS)
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service
- OJP Application Kits
- OJP Financial Guide
- OJP Grants 101
- OJP Open Grant Solicitations
- OJP Resource Guide
- OJP Standard Forms & Instructions
- Online Guide: Preparing for the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Ensuring Sustainability for (State) Drug Courts: An Overview of Funding Strategies, Dennis A. Reilly, Esq. and Atoundra Pierre Lawson, Esq., NDCI Monograph Series 8 (2008).
Webinar from Children and Family Futures: Our Grant is Over - Now What? Re-financing and Re-directing as Real Sustainability Planning, originally aired on April 10, 2014.