Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program Grant Opportunity

DBHDD would like to announce the opening of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program Grant offering. Assisted Outpatient Treatment is commonly referred to as the practice of providing court-ordered community-based mental health treatment under a civil commitment to individuals living with serious mental illness if it is determined that they may be a danger to themselves or others. Most importantly, AOT can facilitate engagement in treatment services and supports that may allow an individual to live independently in the community of their choice while living with a mental health diagnosis. It also helps providers focus their attention to work diligently to keep the enrolled individual engaged in effective treatment, and to support them in reaching their personal recovery goals.

The three responsive and responsible applicants receiving the highest total combined score and with whom the state entity is able to reach an agreement as to grant terms will be selected for consideration of award. DBHDD shall seek to ensure that at least three (3) of the regions designated pursuant to Code Section 37-2-3 are represented among the grantees. In pursuit of this goal, DBHDD may in its discretion award a grant to a lower-scoring applicant over a higher-scoring applicant or may resolve a tie score in favor of an applicant that would increase regional diversity among the grantees. 

In no case shall a grant be awarded to an applicant whose application has failed to attain the minimum required score of 65 points as stated in the funding opportunity announcement. This requirement shall take precedence in the event that it comes into conflict with the requirement of total grants to be awarded. 

Application and Supporting Documents

(available to download after 9/13/2022)

Timeline:

  1. Communication Posted - 9/13/2022
  2. Grant Application Submissions Open - 9/13/2022       
  3. Written Vendor Questions Deadline - 9/23/2022
  4. Vendor Questions Answered - 9/30/2022
  5. Applicants' Conference - 9/30/2022
  6. Grant Submissions Deadline - 10/7/2022
  7. Selected Grantees Notified - after 11/10/2022

How to submit questions:

All questions must be submitted in writing to [email protected] by September 23, 2022. Questions that are not submitted by the deadline will not be answered except at the Applicants' Conference.

No response other than those posted on this site or answered at the conference will be binding upon the State. All applicants must submit questions by the deadline or ask them at the Applicants' Conference. Applicants are cautioned that the State Entity may or may not elect to entertain late questions or questions submitted by any other method than as directed.  

All questions about this grant must be submitted in the following format:

Company Name 

Question #1 Question, Citation of relevant section of the Grant Announcement

Question #2 Question, Citation of relevant section of the Grant Announcement

Applicants' Conference: 

Email of contact person:
Stacey Stith, Issuing Officer
[email protected]

Submission Guidelines

Submit the entire application and requested supporting documents and Appendixes to [email protected] by October 7, 2022.

Download this zip file. Download and complete the Application and requested supporting documents

Responses received after the identified due date and time or submitted by any other means than those expressly permitted by the grant announcement will not be considered. Applicant's responses must be complete in all respects, as required in each section of the grant announcement. 

History:

In April 2022, State law was amended to add O.C.G.A. §§ 37-1-121, §37-1-12, and §37-1-123 authorizing DBHDD to establish and operate a grant program for the purpose of fostering the implementation and practice of assisted outpatient treatment in Georgia. Per law, the grant program shall aim to provide three years of funding, technical support, and oversight to three grantees, each comprising a collaboration between a community service board or private provider, a probate court or courts with jurisdiction in the corresponding service area, and a sheriff's office or offices with jurisdiction in the corresponding service area, which have demonstrated the ability with grant assistance to practice assisted outpatient treatment. Subject to appropriations, the funding, technical support, and oversight pursuant to the grant program shall commence no later than January 1, 2023, and shall terminate on December 31, 2025, or subject to the department's annual review of each grantee, whichever event shall first occur.