Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Grant Program.  The purpose of the ROOR program is to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of emergency devices used


to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses and the training of licensed healthcare professionals and emergency responders on the use of opioid devices.

 Community partnerships are an important component of this program and can be comprised of local emergency responders as well as other local non-profit and for-profit entities involved in the prevention and treatment of opioid overdoses.

 In addition, care coordination is essential to efforts in reducing incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses.

 As a result, this funding opportunity announcement is seeking innovative approaches that involve broad community partnerships which may include referral of individuals to appropriate substance abuse treatment centers where care coordination and communication is facilitated by a team of qualified health care providers.  The ROOR goals are to:
1)      Purchase naloxone and opioid overdose reversal devices and increase the availability in rural areas through strategic placement; 2)      Train licensed healthcare professionals and others using the devices to recognize the signs of opioid overdose, administer naloxone, administer basic cardiopulmonary life support, report results, and provide appropriate transport to a hospital or clinic for continued care after administration; 3)      Refer those with a drug dependency to appropriate substance abuse treatment centers where care coordination is provided by a team of providers; and Demonstrate improved and measurable health outcomes, including but not limited to, reducing opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas.
Related Programs

Rural Health Research Centers

Department of Health and Human Services

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants include community partnerships comprised of local emergency responders, and other local non-profit and for-profit entities involved in the prevention and treatment of opioid overdoses.   One organization in the partnership will be the lead, submit the application, and have responsibility for all aspects of award management.

The lead applicant organization must be located in a rural area or in a rural census tract of an urban county, and all services must be provided in a rural county or census tract.  The applicant’s EIN number should verify it is a rural entity.  To ascertain rural eligibility, please refer to: and enter the applicant organization’s state and county.  Eligibility can also be determined by entering the street address of the organization.  A network serving rural communities but whose applicant organization is not in a designated rural area will not be considered for funding under this announcement.  Rural faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

In addition to the eligible rural areas in the 50 states, applicants or members of the partnership can be located in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Full Opportunity Web Address:

Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services

Agency Email Description:
Contact Michele Gibson at (301)443-7320 or email

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