The one-year planning initiative is designed for rural justice and public safety practitioners; public health and behavioral health practitioners; city, county, and tribal leaders; and community groups. The planning initiative empowers rural practitioners to build deeper networks, particularly across sectors; adopt bold solutions to the persistent challenge of substance use and misuse in rural communities; and reimagine how diverse systems with different missions can engage with one another to more effectively serve justice-involved individuals with substance use or co-occurring disorders. For this solicitation, the term “sector” refers to different disciplines, such as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, child welfare workers, tribal court officers, public health workers, behavioral health practitioners, etc.
Rural communities vary in their capacity to commit multiple staff members to a year-long planning initiative. The planning initiative provides two pathways for communities to apply to participate. Applicants may apply to participate in the planning phase as an individual practitioner or as a cross-sector team, as outlined below, from the same community or region.
The initial planning initiative is not a grant opportunity. Participants will be reimbursed for their travel expenses when attending sponsored activities, but no additional funding is provided due to being selected for the planning initiative.
At the conclusion of the planning period (the end of calendar year 2024), Reaching Rural fellows will have the opportunity to apply for an implementation grant of up to $100,000 for up to 15 months to launch a project planned during the Reaching Rural fellowship. This funding will only be available to Reaching Rural fellows who have fully participated in the planning initiative. To be eligible to apply for the funding in the fall of 2024, all applicants will need to demonstrate that they have built a cross-sector partnership that, at a minimum, includes at least one justice or public safety practitioner, at least one public health representative, and at least one behavioral health practitioner that has been meeting since June 2024. Additional details about the funding opportunity will be distributed at the in-person kick-off.
For details about program benefits, see: https://www.cossup.org/Content/Documents/Funding/Reaching_Rural_Advancing_Collaborative_Solutions.pdf#page=4