SOR application updates
The following are updates to the State Opioid Response application.
A. Question: Can funding be used to establish a medication assisted therapy program?
A. Answer: Funding can be utilized for start-up. Keep in mind that this is a very short in time grant. Serving people and retaining them in treatment is the goal.
These may be helpful resources:
Technical assistance is available to help speed up the process. Tele-health and locum tenens have also been used in Wyoming.
B. Question: If the treatment provider for a CST program is a CSAC, may the CSAC apply for the CST funds on their behalf?
B. Answer: Yes
C. Question: Are prevention proposals accepted as a part of this application?
C. Answer: Prevention proposals are not a part of this application and will most likely not be funded through the SOR grant. However, ideas for prevention projects may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
D. Question: Are jail based services appropriate for this application?
D. Answer: Jail based services are appropriate for Service A (MAT) in this application and may have application in other parts of the application.
E. Question: Must an agency be an Opioid Treatment Program (provide methadone treatment) to apply?
E. Answer: Methadone is not a requirement of this application/grant.
F. Question: What cities or regions may an application include?
F. Answer: Applicants may choose to apply to serve a community, county or counties, region, or statewide.
G. Question: What is the application timeline?
September 4, 2018 RFA released
September 13, 8:15-9:00 a.m. Teleconference to answer bidder questions
October 1, 2018 Applications are due
October 15, 2018 Selections made and applicants informed of the decisions
January 1, 2018 Anticipated contract start date
I. Question: What is the average pay for a peer specialist?
I. Answer: In 2013 Wyoming Peer Specialist salaries ranged from $11.56 per hour (new peer specialist) to $18.75 per hour. All were salaried and all received full benefits including insurance.
This 2016 national publication found the average national hourly salary was $16.36 for full-time peers:
Peer specialists may have travel needs to obtain and maintain certification. Please visit the Certification link on this page for more information.
J. Question: What are the other initiatives planned for the SOR grant?
J. Answer: In addition to the four projects included in the community application, the following projects are planned.
- Corrections Bridges Pilot: Designed to provide MAT and recovery support for people exiting Wyoming Department of Corrections prisons or community programs, and perhaps those who are on probation and parole.
- ECHO in Behavioral Health sessions to support the project
- Distribution of Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkits, client decision making training; training for parole and probation officers; and other supportive similar projects.
- A media campaign to address stigma against MAT, connect people with treatment providers, emphasize recovery, and address the role of prevention of opioid deaths and overdose.
- Evaluation and data analysis.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grant
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) oversees two major block grants: the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG). These block grants give states maximum flexibility to address the unique behavioral health needs of these populations. The MHBG and SABG differ in a number of their practices (e.g., targeted populations) and statutory authorities (e.g., method of calculating Maintenance of Effort (MOE) stakeholder input requirements for planning, set-asides for specific populations or programs, etc.)
In fiscal year (FY) 2011, SAMHSA redesigned the FY 2012-2013 MHBG and SABG applications to better align with the current federal/state environments and related policy initiatives including the Affordable Care Act, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA). The new design offered states the opportunity to complete a combined application for mental health and substance abuse services, submit a biennial versus an annual plan and provide information regarding their efforts to respond to various federal and state initiatives. The new design also reflects the increasing trend among states to integrate their mental health, substance abuse prevention, and treatment administration.
The block grant also requires that the State must have and maintain a State Mental Health Planning Council that meets specific membership requirements. The role of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council in Wyoming is to review the State mental health plan and implementation report and provide recommendations for modification when necessary.
For more information please contact
State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planner
Announcement: Wyoming’s FY18-19 Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant is available.
For more information contact
State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planner
Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 220
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Current Requests for Applications
There are currently no open grants available.