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Access to Recovery Emergency Gap Funds Grant Program

The Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) is pleased to announce our new Access to Recovery Emergency Gap Funds Grant Program. Through this program, the OOCC will distribute $600,000 in funds that can be used to cover emergency expenses, such as transportation, housing, extended stays in recovery programs, and access to medication. Organizations that work with individuals in recovery, such as recovery-focus community organizations, recovery residences that have been certified by the Behavioral Health Administration of the Maryland Department of Health, local health departments, and local behavioral health authorities will be eligible to receive funding through this program.

Available Funds

The OOCC will fund approximately $600,000 in grants through this program. Interested applicants may request funding between $5,000 to $30,000 to cover costs, including:

  • Reasonable costs for transportation to and from treatment, peer services, and necessary government services
  • Reasonable costs for recovery housing beds at MCORR-certified recovery homes

Eligible Organizations

  • Recovery Community Organizations and MCORR-certified Recovery Residences
  • Local Health Departments 
  • Local Behavioral Health Authorities

How to Apply

Interested parties should review the Notice of Funding Availability, which includes the applicable key dates, application form, application process, evaluation standards, funding specifications, reporting requirements, and more. Additionally, completed copies of the budget template, the application form and document checklist must be included with all submissions. Please contact Khalil Cutair at Khalil.Cutair@Maryland.gov with further questions.

Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals release date: September 15, 2022
  • Application deadline: October 13, 2022
  • Award decisions: October 30, 2022

Block Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2023)

The OOCC is distributing $4 million through its Block Grant Program, which ensures that all of Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions receive a base level of funding to support overdose-related programs and initiatives. The program also takes into account local impacts of the opioid crisis and distributes half of the funds proportionally based on overdose mortality rates. These funds are distributed directly to local jurisdictions and will be administered by local health departments.

The full list of programs that are being supported is available here.


Competitive Grant Program (Fiscal Year 2023)

The purpose of the OOCC’s Competitive Grant Program is to distribute grant funding to the highest-scoring proposals received from state and local governments and community-based partners that serve to meet the greatest needs around the state. The funding available for the OOCC’s FY 23 Competitive Grants Program is approximately $5 million.

The final list of competitive grant awards is available here.


Examination and Treatment Act Grant Program

The OOCC will distribute $7.5 million in grant awards to support local jurisdictions with implementing the requirements of the Opioid Use Disorder Examination and Treatment Act (ETA) of 2019. This legislation requires that all local detention centers implement programs to screen incarcerated individuals for opioid use disorder, offer peer recovery specialist services and counseling services to develop re-entry plans for individuals upon release, and to offer all three FDA-approved formulations of medications for opioid use disorder, such as methadone or buprenorphine, in their facilities.

The grant awards will support projects in 16 local detention facilities, a summary of which can be found here.


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