On April 3, 2020, the Indian Health Service (IHS) in a Dear Tribal Leader and Urban Indian Organization Leaders (DTLL/DUIOLL) announced that they will be creating a new Indian IHS Opioid Grant Pilot Program (OGPP). OGPP is being funded by the $10 million increase for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program budget line funding, authorized by The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6).
As an immediate step, IHS will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the Federal Register this spring. The NOFO will outline details of the eligibility criteria, objectives, and funding methodology. In general, the IHS anticipates to award up to 18 grants: one grant opportunity open to each of the IHS Areas; three grant opportunities open to Urban Indian Organizations; and three grant opportunities open to highest priority IHS Areas with a targeted focus on Maternal & Child Health.
A component of the OGPP includes national management and administrative activities, including intensive programmatic technical assistance and support to grantees in developing, implementing, and evaluating their pilot program.
The OGPP was formed after considering the input from 26 letters and over 100 comments IHS received during the comment period on OGPP.