Harm Reduction Community Linkages Project
CSFA Number: 482-00-2107
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Jennifer Epstein
(312) 814-8473
Short Description
The Harm Reduction Community Linkages Project is to support capacity building at harm reduction organizations statewide to expand their client base and develop more comprehensive linkages to prevention, treatment and harm reduction services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), including prescription opioids as well as illicit drugs such as heroin.

This project is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Response: Cooperating Agreement for Emergency Crisis Response

Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
311(c) (1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC § 243(c)(1))
Objectives and Goals
• Demonstrate the ability to competently staff and manage the successfully deliver harm reduction services for the grant period March-August 9 for the funded region.
• Demonstrate the ability to achieve Department’s performance standards in delivering required services with cultural competency.
• Demonstrate the ability to assess regional substance use needs, resources, and treatment.
• Demonstrate the ability to provide effective internal fiscal and quality assurance grant monitoring.
• Demonstrate the ability to ensure the collection and punctual submission of complete, accurate harm reduction service data via the database provided by The Department.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Program funds granted must be allocated based on the following areas:

• Harm reduction staff capacity – Funds to cover staff to conducting harm reduction outreach to the substance using community and establish relationships with partner agencies.
• Local travel– Funds to cover local travel by outreach staff within the region.
• Indirect costs may not exceed the agency’s federally approved indirect rate or a de minimis 10% of total direct costs.
• Unallowable Costs - Research; Purchase of naloxone; Purchase of syringes; Drug disposal programs (drop-boxes, bags or other devices, and/or take-back events) are not permissible under this funding opportunity; Clinical care (except as allowed by law); Publicity and propaganda (lobbying); Funds cannot be used for the preparation, distribution, or use of any material (publicity/propaganda) or to pay the salary or expenses of grants, contract recipients, or agents that aim to support or defeat the enactment of legislation, regulation, administrative action, or executive order proposed or pending before a legislative body, beyond normal, recognized executive relationships.
Eligibility Requirements
An entity may not apply for a grant until the entity has registered and pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) website, www.grants.illinois.gov.

Registration and pre-qualification are required annually. During pre-qualification, verifications are performed including a check of Federal Debarred and Suspended and status on the Illinois Stop Payment List. An automated email notification to the entity alerts them of “qualified” status or informs how to remediate a negative verification (e.g. inactive Dun and Bradstreet, not in good standing with the Secretary of State). A federal Debarred and Suspended status cannot be remediated.
Grantee Pre-Award Requirements:


Required prior to applying for funding:
• Grantee Registration
• Grantee Pre-Qualification
• Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment/Internal Control Questionnaire
• Programmatic Risk Assessment

Agencies may apply to serve as a harm reduction agency for more than one region; however, a different application must be submitted for each region to be served. Agencies may apply only if they meet the following criteria:
• The agency must be based in Illinois.
• The agency must have at least 3 years of experience conducting harm reduction OR delivering opioid treatment services.
• The agency must employ a Harm Reduction Coordinator (HRC) with at least 2 years of experience providing harm reduction services to individuals who use substances OR who has at least 2 years of experience both managing an IDPH grant that specifically supports and funds harm reduction work AND conducting Quality Assurance for the performance of other staff in related public health work.
• The agency must have an established network of new and returning individuals who use substances illicitly with whom they can engage immediately upon grant agreement execution.
• The agency’s board and chief executive officer must willing to conduct syringe exchange, injection supply provisions, naloxone/Narcan distribution, and opioid treatment services targeted to people who inject drugs.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
This is an open-competitive grant application using standard IDPH Application procedures
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2019 : $459,000
FY 2020 : $270,026
FY 2021 : $270,026
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsNA$60000 - $16000004/01/2019 - 05/01/2019 : 5:00pm
DetailsNANot Applicable05/03/2019 - 05/17/2019 : 5:00pm
DetailsNANot Applicable12/19/2019 - 02/03/2020 : 11:59 pm
DetailsNANot Applicable12/19/2019 - 02/11/2020 : 11:59pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
95080203GHealthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.05/01/201908/31/2021270,000
95080205GThe Project of the Quad Cities05/01/201908/31/2021122,185
95080201GJOSHUA OLT'S LET'S TALK FOUNDATION05/01/201908/31/2021114,606
95080204GPhoenix Center05/01/201908/31/2021112,857
95080202GCounty of Lake dba Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center05/01/201908/31/2021105,000