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Grant Description
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is applying for Category 2 funds in the amount of $6,000,000 to support the "Creating an Ecosystem of Recovery Upon Re-Entry: Expanding Peer Recovery Specialist & Housing Services Across Minnesota" project. MDH will utilize the Recovery Ready Ecosystem model to uplift peer recovery support services, recovery community organizations (RCOs), and housing support organizations as primary agents of change. Together, the work of these organizations can break the cycle of recidivism, homelessness, and overdose while providing justice-involved Minnesotans a pathway to long-term recovery.

MDH is proposing to:

- Train currently incarcerated people as peer recovery specialists
- Expand the statewide culturally specific certified peer recovery specialist workforce
- Expand release planning and peer recovery support services within the Department of Corrections
- Increase the availability of housing and housing support services in areas with high rates of overdose

The proposed activities align with the following allowable activities:
1) Evidence-based substance use disorder treatment related to opioids, stimulants, and other illicit drugs, such as MAT, as well as harm reduction activities and recovery support services (50% of budget)
2) Transitional or recovery housing and peer recovery support services (21% of budget)
3) Embedding social workers, peers, and/or persons with lived experience at any intercept of the Sequential Intercept Model (10%)
The remaining 19% of funds will support MDH staff time, travel, and administrative functions.

MDH proposes to fund a total of 11 sites: Minnesota Recovery Connection, the Department of Corrections, seven RCOs located in geographically diverse regions, and two housing support organizations to be selected via request for proposal within six months of award. All sites were selected based on public health surveillance data highlighting geographic areas of the worst disparities in overdose and populations at greatest risk for overdose. None of the proposed sites are current BJA COSSAP funded sites.

MDH is seeking both Priority Considerations 1(A) and 1(B). MDH proposes to fund Minnesota Recovery Connection, the leading culturally specific recovery community organization in Minnesota, with 50% of the annual award ($1,000,000) to expand the certified peer recovery specialist workforce across the state with a particular focus on increasing the number of people with lived experience of incarceration and that identify as non-white that become certified peer recovery specialists. Documentation of the proposed activities that meet requirements of Priority 1(A) and 1(B) is available on pages 5-12 and 17-18 of the MDH proposal narrative.
Place of Performance
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-2538 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Minnesota Department Of Health was awarded Expanding Peer Recovery & Housing Services for Justice-Involved Minnesotans Project Grant 15PBJA22GG04457COAP worth $6,000,000 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in October 2022 with work to be completed primarily in Saint Paul Minnesota United States. The grant has a duration of 3 years and was awarded through assistance program 16.838 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program. The Project Grant was awarded through grant opportunity BJA FY 22 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program.


Last Modified 11/17/22

Period of Performance
Start Date
End Date
55.0% Complete

Funding Split
Federal Obligation
Non-Federal Obligation
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 15PBJA22GG04457COAP

Subgrant Awards

Disclosed subgrants for 15PBJA22GG04457COAP

Additional Detail

SAI Number
Award ID URI
Awardee Classifications
State Government
Awarding Office
Funding Office
Awardee UEI
Awardee CAGE
Performance District
Amy Klobuchar
Tina Smith
Betty McCollum

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Justice (015-0404) Criminal justice assistance Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $6,000,000 100%
Modified: 11/17/22