HCS Application: Provision of Buprenorphine Induction and Maintenance for Town of Brookhaven Residents

The National Institute of Heath (NIH) Heal Initiative: The HEALing Communities Study is offering a grant opportunity for practices interested in providing buprenorphine in the Town of Brookhaven. CLICK HERE to fill out the online application – the PDF application and scoring rubric have been provided for reference, but applications will only be accepted through the online form.


The NIH began the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative to find scientific solutions to stop the opioid overdose epidemic. One project under HEAL is the HEALing Communities Study, which was started by the National Institute on Drug Abuse along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

This study will test how different proven approaches to preventing opioid overdose deaths work together, in areas highly impacted by opioid overdose. It will look at prevention, overdose response, and treatment with medications across different health care, criminal justice, and community-based settings. The study aims to:

  • Reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by 40% 
  • Increasing access to naloxone 
  • Expand use of medications for OUD such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone 
  • Reduce high-risk opioid prescribing 

The HEALing Communities – Brookhaven seeks applicants to deliver evidence-based buprenorphine treatment, including both induction/initiation and maintenance treatment, for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Town of Brookhaven. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Qualification to initiate novel MOUD programs that will impact Town of Brookhaven residents.
  • Capacity to:

o    Deliver evidence-based practices outlined in the HEALing Communities Study Intervention,

o    Start service delivery within 3 months, 

o    Report required study data, 

o    Sustain services via Medicaid, Medicare and/or third-party insurance by the conclusion of the HEALing Communities Study.  For purposes of this application, grant funding is not considered a sustainability plan.

This application calls for potential candidates to outline how low threshold, sustainable buprenorphine programs will be developed and implemented at their site locations, and self-identify what technical assistance or training needs will be necessary, including any funding requested. Potential candidates are expected to estimate potential impact in the Town of Brookhaven, and provide detailed justification for any funds requested. 

HCS funding for MOUD projects will be awarded based on the respondent’s ability to implement rapidly, report data as required and to offer a sustainability plan.  Funding will be dependent upon the individual merits of the proposal. Funding may be awarded to 1-3 applicants from a total of $270,000,  for a 6-month funding period.

The application was issued on:  April 07, 2021.  The application due date is: April 23, 2021.

Application/Submission via online form only.  

For questions or application information, contact: 

Dawn Gruss 

Community Engagement Facilitator, Suffolk County

Program Coordinator, Social Intervention Group

HEALing Communities Study

Columbia University School of Social Work

E-Mail: dg3207@columbia.edu

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