Sunday, March 3, 2013


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS issued a Request for Applications (RFA) to award funding for the “Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need” (TCE-TAC) grant program. Funding is estimated to be $3.64 million, up to $280,000 per year, and 13 grants are expected to be awarded.

The purpose of the TCE-TAC Program is to help substance abuse treatment providers expand services to serve persons in treatment who are underserved due to lack of treatment availability in their immediate community. This may be due to transportation concerns, an inadequate number of substance abuse treatment providers in their community, and/or financial constraints.

To address these issues, treatment can be expanded using technology. This includes using web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications or e-apps, to help providers effectively communicate with individuals in treatment and to help them manage their treatments and services as available and where and when needed.

TCE-TAC is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs to address gaps in substance abuse prevention and treatment service to help specific populations or geographic areas and with serious, emerging substance abuse problems, including co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness and persons with co-morbid substance abuse and chronic health conditions.

Domestic public and private nonprofit entities are eligible for funding including state and local governments, AI/AN tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, and community and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by April 10, 2013. For information on program issues, email Kathryn Wetherby at For information on management and budget issues, email Eileen Bermudez at