Tackling Drug Addiction

The Tackling Drug Addiction Treatment Initiative of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore seeks to ensure universal access to treatment services for all in need regardless of income or insurance status.

Purpose and Priorities

The Tackling Drug Addiction Treatment Initiative funds grantees who focus on the following three priorities:

  • Using the opportunity of health care reform to help Baltimore City and Maryland as a whole reach nearly universal access to a comprehensive, high-quality public treatment system. The most overarching opportunity, and challenge, to the field is the passage of national health care reform. If the national, state, and local rules and regulations create a meaningful addiction treatment benefit, for the first time there would be nearly universal access to substance use disorder services. While it is an enormous opportunity, challenges abound. Health care reform implementation is occurring quickly and requires advocates to be nimble and remain vigilant. The initiative supports education, advocacy and communication efforts that support the inclusion of substances use disorder services in health care reform.
  • Ensuring access to high quality public substance use disorder services for those that remain uninsured after the 2014 health care reform implementation. Health Care Reform can ensure a massive expansion of treatment availability. But, despite the great promise of reform there will remain people who cannot afford or are unable to obtain health coverage. For this reason, the Open Society-Institute Baltimore supports education and advocacy efforts that seek to preserve the current state and federal block grants that provide access to treatment for those that are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Facilitating the creation of and help to sustain a strong, diverse addiction treatment advocacy community, inclusive of those most affected by substances use disorder services policies. The initiative supports the establishment of a diverse advocacy community calling for access to high quality addiction treatment and an end to the discriminatory policies against people with substance use disorders.
Guidelines

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry

Applicants should submit a copy of the IRS letter stating tax-exempt status and a letter of inquiry not exceeding three pages which includes:

  • a description of the program to be funded,
  • the qualifications of the organization to carry out the program,
  • the ways in which the program reflects the priorities of the Tackling Drug Addiction initiative, and
  • the amount requested.

Step 2: Proposal Submission

If OSI-Baltimore determines that the proposal is of interest, it will invite the applicant to submit a full proposal. Applicants submitting a grant proposal should use the following format.

On institutional letterhead, the cover page should include:

  • a one-sentence description of the proposed initiative,
  • the amount requested from OSI-Baltimore,
  • the total organizational budget,
  • the name of the organization that would serve as the fiscal sponsor for the grant if awarded, and
  • a contact name, address, and telephone number.

The proposal should describe:

  • the need or issue to be addressed,
  • the organization's capacity to carry out the proposal,
  • the program's objectives,
  • the program's activities and methodology,
  • the program's expected outcomes,
  • the financial sustainability of the program,
  • the organization's plans to assess the program's impact, and
  • an explanation of how the proposed project would effect long-term change in policy or practice, and how that change relates to open society values and to strengthening open society in the Baltimore region.

Appendices to the proposal should include:

  • a budget for the project or program for every year funding is requested,
  • a list of current and proposed funders of the project or program,
  • a one-page program implementation timeline for year one of the proposed project or program,
  • resumes of the organization's director, project director and other key staff,
  • a copy of the IRS letter stating the organization's tax-exempt status, if not submitted with the letter of inquiry,
  • a copy of the organization's overall budget, and
  • a copy of the organization's most recent annual report and audit (or financial statement).

To learn more about the program, please email osi.baltimore@opensocietyfoundations.org.