Michigan Overdose

Data to Action 

What is MODA?

Prevention Network has recently been selected to partner with MDHHS Injury & Violence Prevention Section to support the Michigan Overdose Data to Action (MODA) project. MODA is a project supported by the CDC, with funding to Michigan, to assess, surveil, and build the capacity of current opioid prevention work being done throughout the state. MODA Mini-Grant funding opportunity is through Prevention Network who will award mini-grants to local groups monthly in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $40,000. The mini-grant process began in June and is ongoing until August. Prevention Network intends to support any organization doing overdose prevention related work in the state of Michigan. 

Jump on Our Data Dashboard!

(Find MODA Mini-Grant Course Here)

  1. Create an account through OT Consultancy 

  2. Once you have created your account, search "MODA Mini-Grants Application", "Prevention Network" and "Medication Assisted Treatment" and join these courses.  

  3. Complete your account by filling out details about you and adding tags related to your work.

  4. The grant application is now available! Apply for the grant through the "MODA Mini-Grants Application" course. 

Free Support Sessions for Prevention Partners

As a part of our partnership with the Michigan Data to Actions (MODA) project, OT Consultancy Group is providing overdose prevention organizations with several hours of consultation on various aspects of organizational management. Overdose prevention organizations can make a 1-hour appointment with OT-Consultancy from June 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2020. 

Meet Our Consultants:

Charla Burnett

About Charla:

Named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 under 30 Scholars, Charla M. Burnett is a community mediator that specializes in strategic planning and decision support technologies. She holds a BA in Global Studies, MA in Conflict Transformation, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Global Governance and Human Security. She has helped coordinate advocacy campaigns and service implementation for Sierra Club and Cambridge for Immigrant Rights and develop strategic plans, M&E and theory of change for Jerusalem Peacebuilders, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and SeaSketch. She’s also the founder of two successful nonprofit organizations, Refugees Welcome! and the International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM), and co-founded OT-Consultancy Group. 

Specializes In:

-Strategic Planning

-Monitoring and Evaluation

-Branding and Logo Design

-Research Methods

-Technology and Software

Click here to schedule a support session on these topics with Charla!

Katie Vanhorn

About Katie:

Katie VanHorn  is a social entrepreneur and has been running mission-driven businesses (both for and non-profit) for the last 10 years.  She specializes in customizing organizational architecture, intentional culture creation, teaching the art of group facilitation, human relationships in organizational settings, helping business owners and governance boards with financial decision-making as well as collaborative team facilitation and inclusive leadership models.  Katie has served on several boards and committees ranging from the arts to health and human services.  She’s passionate about giving teams and communities the tools they need to succeed at their missions.  Katie holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Specializes in:

-Human Resources

-Group Facilitation

-Financial Literacy

-Culture Creation

Click here to schedule support session on these topics with Katie!

MODA Organizational Capacity Assessment 

What is MODA OCA?


MODA OCA is intended to guide you through a process of assessing your organization’s strengths and challenges related to implementing your overdose prevention program. Some questions relate to general organizational resources; others are specific to your overdose prevention program. It is important to adopt a team approach to the completion of this assessment. Involving multiple individuals with various perspectives and ensuring that team members have adequate time to collect accurate and comprehensive data will help you obtain meaningful results.

The MODA OCA Covers:


Leadership Capacity: These items assess how well your overdose prevention program aligns with your organizational mission and the capacity of your organization’s leadership team to support your overdose prevention program.
Operational Capacity: These items assess whether your organization has sufficient funding for general operations as well as the necessary resources to implement your overdose prevention program.
Management capacity: These items assess whether your organization effectively and efficiently manages financial resources, staff performance, and strategic relationships with partner organizations.
Adaptive capacity: These items assess how well your organization uses data to achieve sustainable impacts and meet the changing needs of your community.

Take MODA OCA self assessment here!

MODA Town Hall Recordings 

Michigan Overdose Data to Action Staff

Program Coordinator

Hawra Ahmad 


Hawra received her bachelors of science in 2020 from Central Michigan University with a major in Public Health and minor in Substance Use Prevention. She started her journey at Prevention Network as the 2020 spring intern for the Michigan Higher Education Network (MIHEN). She was then hired in 2020 to coordinate the Michigan Overdose Data to Action (MODA), a partnership with the CDC and state of Michigan to assess, surveil, and build the capacity of current opioid prevention work being done. Outside of work Hawra is an advocate for public health and enjoys spending time with her loved ones and her pug.


Nadia Ashtari 


Nadia Ashtari recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Health and Minor in Substance Use Disorders. She worked as an intern with Prevention Network under the supervision of Mike Tobias of the Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (MCRUD). After completing the internship Nadia was hired at Prevention Network as the Assistant/Contractor for the Michigan Overdose Data to Action (MODA) mini-grant. She will continue on to obtain her Master's in Public Health at Central Michigan University. 

MODA Partners 

Michigan Department Of Health and Human Services 

Allowable and Unallowable Ideas Expenses For MODA Mini Grant

Ideas for what MODA Mini Grant Money

Can Be Used for: 

  • Collaboration Between Community Organizers like Police, Libraries, EMS

  • Exit Strategies and Transitioning from Jail to Society in Recovery 

  • 911 Good Samaritan Laws 

  • MAT in Criminal Justice Settings and Upon Release

  • Academic Detailing 

  • Eliminating Prior-Authorization Requirements for Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

  • Sober Living (homes, transportation, after jail? etc.)

  • OT Services- Management- Website- Branding 

  • Finances, Tax paperwork, Financial Management Systems

  • Trauma-Informed Care Training for agency, community, individuals and work-teams Here!

  • Trauma-Informed Agency Assessment Resources: Here!

  • Drug-Endangered Children/DEC training (online see attached resources)

  • Michigan ACE Initiative Trainings Here! 

  • Assess and Improve agency service delivery

  • Promote human-services across the community

  • Create, modify or assess services to provide low-barrier/hyper-inclusive support

  • Sober Scholarships 

  • Seeking Safety Program 

  • Lock boxes for medicines 

What MODA Mini Grant Money

Cannot Be Used for:

  • Naloxone/Narcan, syringes, fentanyl test strips, harm reduction kits.

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) / Hepatitis C (HCV) / other Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) testing.

  • Drug disposal, including implementing or expanding drug disposal programs or take back programs, drug drop boxes or drug disposal bags.

  • Clinical care.

  • Wastewater analysis, including test purchases, sewage testing and wastewater testing.

  • Research.

  • Direct funding or expanding the provisions of substance abuse treatment.

  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) as a stand-alone program,- ACE activities are allowable if they pertain to linkage to care, or training for public safety and first responder on trauma-informed care.

  • Public safety activities that are outside the scope of this RFP and the objectives and activities specified in the work plan.

  • Medication Assisted Treatment waiver fees for providers.

  • Furniture

  • Any other expenditures determined by MDHHS to be outside the scope of this RFP



Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. How long do we have to spend the money?

        A. You have until August 31, 2020 to spend the money you receive from the MODA Grant 

Q. Are there specific restrictions on how money can be spent?

        A. Above is the allowable and unallowable list (unallowable is a hard list you cannot spend money on). The allowable list are ideas, feel free to pitch a different idea relevant to your overdose prevention program.

Q.  Is there a preferred focus for how grant money is spent?

        A. We are trying to build the capacity through research based practices. A few ideas can be found on the allowable expenses list. However, our #1 focus is building capacity of your overdose prevention and implementing researched based practices.

Q. This is very short capacity building opportunity, what additional resources will be available and is this available after August 31st?

       A. It will be a rolling application throughout the months of June, July, and August but the hard deadline to spend money is by August 31st. The MODA team is here any questions or concerns you have during your application, during funding and after with reporting. We will have 2 consultants from OT consultancy to help with technical assistance as well.

Q. Will there be additional funds for the next fiscal year or is it a one time opportunity?

      A. Right now it is a one time opportunity and we have not received any additional information about funding for the next fiscal year.

Q. what are the reporting requirements going to be as far as what kind of data do you want us to gather, what kind of reports we have to do, and the time line? 

     A. Financial reports need to go to our accountant and submitted with receipts (do not have to be original they can be photo copies) by September 10, 2020.  The Narrative Report (more of an evaluation) of a couple questions that will be 2-3 sentences will need to be submitted by September 20, 2020. 

Q. Is there certain data points you want us to gather specifically?

    A. We are still in the process of finalizing the reports and specific data points. A lot of it is going to be about how it increased your capacity, your work, and  what you are currently offering in the community because a lot of this project is about Mapping Overdose Prevention Data. 

Q. Is hidden in plain sight trailer an allowable expense?

    A. This is still unknown and the state has not given us an answer. We do believe that a virtual version of this would be appropriate.

Q. Are these grants applicable to building youth programs or research based CADCA programs, is this an allowable expense?

     A. Yes because you are expanding what research is already showing, you can make this information more accessible or show that these are the next steps to take to build this program. The Mini-Grant is to not fund the project from the ground up but help with the next steps that the project and community needs.

Q. Would all of the academic detailing need to be completed by the August 31st date or can we front load any money allocated for that so we could have a longer window for those interactions?

     A. Money has to be spent by August 31st. We would have to front load it all and have all of the contracts done before then. We would have to pay the upfront first so you could have your programming with whatever organization you are working with and their contract for the next year or however long your contract with them is. 

Q. Is collaborating with EMS, Police Departments and Health Departments an allowable expense? 

     A. Yes it is!

Q.  How will the money be spent by August 31st if the review is in August? 

       A. It will be a lot of front loading. We will be here for technical assistance throughout it all and if you get the last round in August we will help you get the money out before August 31st. MODA is here provide assistance along the way, we will be here throughout the whole process and we will help you with this money. 

Q.  If the first round of submitting for the Mini-Grant ends on June 21st, when will we know it is awarded? 

      A. The grant review board will meet June 23rd, then the Prevention Network Board will vote shortly after and you should be able to hear back pretty immediately.  We do not know an exact deadline of when the money will be awarded. We expect to let you know for the first round by the first week in July. 

Q.  Will we be informed when all of the grant money is gone?

       A. Yes we will let you know! We would not keep going on with the process once grant funds are gone. 

Q.  If we have not gone through the assessment are we not eligible for the mini grant? 

      A. No, you can still apply however the assessment gives us a better understanding of the organization and what capacity you guys have. However if you still want to do an assessment you can email us. Not required but allows us to pinpoint what your organization wants to build on and also allows the organization to see what they want to do and how they want to help themselves. 

Q. Would it be a conflict if two organizations worked together? 

     A. We do not see that as being a problem. If you would like to collaborate because you are in the same area or doing the same project that would be a great way to work together using the money. 

Q. Can we contact you if we have any questions? 

      A. Yes! If you have any questions that were not answered above please email us at MODA@preventionnetwork.org

If you have any questions or comments please email the MODA team at:  MODA@preventionnetwork.org

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Prevention Network is administered by Prevention Network Inc., with funding provided through MDHHS/Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability-OROSC, MDHHS Injury and Violence Prevention Section, Mid-State Health Network, and Private Contributions.