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Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) Grants for Jail Diversion Programs

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Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-05-011

Publication in March 23, 2005

Receipt date:  May 24, 2005

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

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Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 24, 2005. 

Intergovernmental Review

(E.O. 12372)

Letters from State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/SSA Coordination

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2005 funds for programs to divert individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system to community-based systems with integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment and appropriate support services. 

The purpose of the TCE Grants for Jail Diversion Programs is to promote the transformation of systems to improve services for justice-involved adults with mental illness. 

One of the recommendations from the final report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health was for widespread adoption of adult criminal justice diversion and re-entry strategies to avoid the unnecessary criminalization and extended incarceration of non-violent adult offenders with mental illnesses.  The TCE Grants for Jail Diversion Program provides communities the opportunity to address this key recommendation. 

The TCE Grants for Jail Diversion Program is authorized as part of the Public Health Service, Title 42 U.S. Code, which is available online at , select Sec. 290bb-38, Grants for jail diversion programs


Eligible applicants

As specified by the Public Health Service Act Section 520G, eligibility to apply for the TCE Grants for Jail Diversion applies to the chief executive of a State, political subdivisions of States, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations, acting through agreements with other public and nonprofit entities to develop and implement programs to divert individuals with a mental illness from the criminal justice system to community-based services.  Thus, all applications must be signed by the chief executive of their State, political subdivision of State, Indian tribe, or tribal organization.  Examples include:

  • State governor;
  • County executive;
  • City mayor; or
  • Tribal leader.
Additional Information

It is expected that up to $2,400,000 will be available to fund six new grants in FY 2005 for up to three years.  Annual awards will not exceed $400,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect). The actual amount available for the awards may vary, depending on unanticipated program requirements and the number and quality of the applications received.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, approval of the strategic plan during the initial phase of the grant, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and timely submission of required data and reports.

Cost sharing is required.

For questions on program issues, contact:

David Morrissette, DSW
Center For Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Lane Room 6-1010
Rockville, MD 20857

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton, SAMHSA
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857

Documents needed to complete an application for this grant opportunity:

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The complete Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-05-009

Grant Announcement

Appendices A through I

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PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms, assurances, certification,  and checklist.

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

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For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

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For a complete application kit, call the National Mental Health Information Center at: 

  • 800-789-2647