Dogwood Health Trust announces requests for proposals for recovery-oriented justice systems planning

News release from Dogwood Health Trust:

Dogwood Health Trust is seeking proposals from counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the 18 counties and Qualla boundary of Western North Carolina that are interested in conducting collaborative planning to establish, refine and/or resource recovery-oriented justice systems. Partners who work in the provision of evidence-based practices such as recovery/treatment courts, diversion programs, community-based reentry supports, community behavioral health centers, jail-based SUD treatment programs and other models proven to be effective in supporting successful recovery are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The full RFP will be available on the Dogwood website on May 15, 2024, with responses due by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 17, 2024. Organizations interested in learning more are encouraged to attend a virtual information session webinar on Wednesday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m., ET.

“Investing in substance use disorder prevention and recovery is a vital part of Dogwood’s work, and to achieve progress we must also ensure that our partners are prepared and supported in their efforts,” said Dr. Susan Mims, CEO of Dogwood Health Trust. “This initiative can help organizations across our region access connections, knowledge and expertise through a collaborative planning process that creates clear pathways for best practices that address each community’s unique needs.”

Dogwood will provide a maximum of six awards of up to $25,000 each for a year of tailored on-site and remote technical assistance. Grants will fund contracts for provided content-level experts, along with flexible funding to support staff planning time. Dogwood is particularly interested in proposals that focus on new or established collaborations between governmental institutions and community-based providers.

“As our region grapples with the impacts of the opioid epidemic, leaders in healthcare and justice systems recognize the importance of addressing the SUD needs of justice-involved individuals,” said Michael Pesant, Officer – Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder for Dogwood Health Trust. “Dogwood hopes to partner with regional leaders to explore which programs, practices and partnerships promote opportunities for recovery while also maximizing public safety.”

Award notifications will be made by September 15, with funds distributed in October 2024. Registration for the May 1 virtual information session is available by clicking this link. Additional information can be found on Dogwood’s website or by contacting Michael Pesant at

About Dogwood Health Trust


Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellbeing, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness. Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions. To learn more, please visit
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