CARA

The Addiction Policy Forum will continue to support appropriations and implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), bipartisan legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President in July 2016. The Addiction Policy Forum convened the CARA Working Group, a broad and diverse partnership of more than 50 leading advocates, to coordinate efforts to support CARA. The APF website informs CARA supporters how they can help, offering tools for contacting Members of Congress, a national sign-on letter of supportive organizations, and a petition endorsing appropriations and implementation of CARA.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding CARA grants managed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Q: What is CARA? 
A: 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 to date. CARA encompasses the six pillars necessary for a coordinated response:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Recovery
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Overdose reversal

CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery.

Q: What does solicitation mean?
A: This means that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are accepting grant applications from state agencies, units of local government, and federally-recognized Native American and Alaskan tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Q: What is OJP’s role in implementing CARA?
A: OJP is responsible for overseeing the administration of BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse grant program, which CARA created.

Q: Who will be eligible to apply for BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program?
A: Per the legislation, applicants may include state agencies, units of local government, and federally-recognized Native American and Alaskan tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA welcomes applications that involve two or more entities, including treatment providers and other not-for-profit agencies, and regional applications that propose to carry out the funded federal award activities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the other(s) must be proposed as subrecipient(s).

Q: How can potential applicants plan and prepare for applying?
A: To prepare for the CARA solicitation, potential applicants are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams, or leverage existing planning bodies, and identify comprehensive strategies to develop, implement, or expand treatment diversion and alternative to incarceration programs.

Q: How many awards will be made under BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program and are specific amounts already determined?
A: BJA anticipates up to 45 awards may be made under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program. BJA anticipates that over half of these awards will be funded by the new CARA appropriation and the remaining awards will be funded by the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Q: What is the application deadline? 
A: The application deadline is April 25, 2017.

Q: Where can I find additional information?
A: The official BJA document on the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program can be located here