Announcement: New in 2024 – the Alcohol Tax Fund grant review process will be allocating Opioid Settlement Funds in addition to alcohol tax collections. In recognition of the broader scope of funding and underlying purpose of these dollars, a name change is necessary – the Substance Use Continuum of Care Fund (SUF).
United Community Services, through the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, has been working to increase resources for, and access to, substance abuse services since the 1970s. The entire community benefits when substance abuse is prevented and/or effectively treated, with lower healthcare costs, a reduction in crimes, child abuse and neglect, and increased employment and productivity overall. The Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC 2023 members), a program of UCS founded in the 1970s, is an all-volunteer advisory body that oversees functions related to alcohol/drug planning and allocations in Johnson County. The goal is to reduce alcohol and other drug problems by promoting, supporting, and advocating for the full continuum of care – prevention, education, intervention, treatment and recovery – for residents of Johnson County.
The DAC’s primary activity is making recommendations to city and county governments on the allocations of funds generated by the Kansas liquor-by-the-drink excise tax (referred to as alcohol tax funds – ATF) and received through national opioid settlements (referred to as opioid settlement funds – OSF) to support the substance use continuum of care. Non-profit agencies, public school districts and local government entities competitively apply for SUF through an application process to the DAC. Through this process, participating jurisdictions maximize the benefits of funds, and enable thousands of Johnson County residents to access services.
The DAC meets regularly, typically on the third Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. In 2023, meetings will be held Jan. 20, Feb. 17, April 21, May 19, Aug. 18, Oct. 13, and Nov. 17. The DAC meets virtually via Zoom. To join a meeting, contact Christina Ashie Guidry at email@example.com.
Every three to five years, the SUF funding priorities are developed through a formal planning process that includes input from key stakeholders, a review of current literature, and an analysis of indicator data in Johnson County. The 2023-2028 Funding Priorities Report is the culmination of the most recently completed formal planning process. The report includes the DAC approved funding priorities for the 2023-2028 grant cycles, a description of the methodology, and a summary of the information collected and reviewed.
2024 Substance Use Continuum of Care Grant Cycle
The 2024 Substance Use Continuum of Care Fund (SUF) grant cycle is open as of May 4, 2023.
In 2024, SUF will be making funding recommendations for allocation of both pooled Alcohol Tax Funds (ATF) as well as pooled Opioid Settlement Funds (OSF) from contributing jurisdictions. Agencies will use a single application to apply for either ATF or OSF funding or for both ATF and OSF funds.
The 2024 SUF Request for Proposals (RFP), grant application, and agency standards are available as of May 4, 2023. Applications and accompanying documentation are due August 2, 2023 by 12:00 p.m.
Applicants must be a nonprofit, a Johnson County public school district, or a program of Johnson County government or the 10th Judicial District Court.
Applicants wishing to apply for Opioid Settlement Funds and applicants who did not receive funding in 2023 from the Alcohol Tax Fund (ATF) must discuss their request with Christina Ashie Guidry, firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to submission.
The 2024 virtual RFP meeting is May 11 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
RSVP to Christina, email@example.com, by May 10 at 12 p.m. for the Zoom link.
Budget Tracking and Reporting for 2024:
Legislative reporting requirements require that SUF applicants receiving both ATF and OSF dollars be able to separately track ATF and OSF expenditures in their budget and report separately on individuals served, units of service, and outcomes achieved utilizing ATF and OSF funding.
The DAC recognizes that there is a high likelihood of client overlap between programs funded by ATF and OSF. Where an individual accesses services from an ATF and an OSF-funded program offered by the same agency, that agency should count that individual as a single, unduplicated individual for each of the programs. Units of service (i.e., number of instances service was provided) and outcomes must be reported separately for ATF programs and for OSF programs.
2023 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants
Proposals for 2023 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism (DAC) of Johnson County, and $2,065,927 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.
2022 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants
Proposals for 2022 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism (DAC) of Johnson County, and $1,898,797 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.
2021 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants
Proposals for 2021 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $1,922,200 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.
2020 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants
Proposals for 2020 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $2,023,712 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.
2019 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants
Proposals for 2019 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $2,023,712 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.