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FY 2007 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-07-002
Posting on November 15, 2006
Receipt date: February 1, 2007
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by February 2, 2007.

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)/Single State Agency 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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2007 for Statewide Consumer Network Grants.  The purpose of this program is to enhance State capacity and infrastructure to be consumer-centered and targeted toward recovery and resiliency, and consumer-driven by promoting the use of consumers as agents of transformation. 

The Statewide Consumer Network Grants program builds on the work of the Federal Community Support Program (CSP).  The Center for Mental Health Services has supported the development of accessible, responsive mental health treatment, rehabilitation, and supportive services for people with a serious mental illness through CSP.  The mission of CSP is to promote the development of systems of care which helps adults with serious mental illness recover, live independently and productively in the community, and avoid inappropriate use of inpatient services.  CSP helped to establish consumer and family organizations throughout the country.  Today, nearly every State has an active consumer organization dedicated to promoting systems of care that are responsive to the needs of people with a serious mental illness.  By providing appropriate training and tools in the development of individualized mental health plans, understanding the need and use of accountability and evaluation measures, and many other self-help, self-management skills, consumers can provide the guidance and foresight into changing the present system to a recovery-oriented system for all peers and, thereby, ensuring the implementation of the goals of the Final Report of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

Statewide Consumer Network Grants is one of SAMHSA’s infrastructure grant programs.  SAMHSA’s Infrastructure Grants support an array of activities to help the grantee build a solid foundation for affecting system change or delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse prevention and/or treatment and/or mental health services. 

SAMHSA recognizes that each applicant will start from a unique point in developing infrastructure and will serve populations/communities with specific needs.  Awardees may pursue diverse strategies and methods to achieve their infrastructure development and capacity expansion goals.  Successful applicants will provide a coherent and detailed conceptual “roadmap” of the process by which they have assessed or intend to assess service system needs and plan/implement infrastructure development strategies that meet those needs.  The plan put forward in the grant application must show the linkages among needs, the proposed infrastructure development strategy, and increased system capacity that will enhance and sustain effective programs and services. 

Statewide Consumer Network Grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders).


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including faith-based entities and tribal organizations, and currently funded Statewide Consumer Network grantees that meet the following requirements:

  • An applicant organization must be controlled and managed by mental health consumers (see Appendix C - Glossary, in the RFA);
  • An applicant organization must be dedicated to the improvement of mental health services Statewide;
  • An applicant organization must have a Board of Directors comprised of more than 50 percent consumers; and
  • An applicant must complete the Certificate of Eligibility (see Appendix D of the RFA) indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements.  Applicants must also provide necessary supportive documentation specified in the Certificate.

SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to consumer-controlled organizations because the goals of this grant program are to strengthen the capacity of consumers to act as agents of transformation in influencing the type and amount of services and supports provided to individuals with a serious mental illness and to ensure that their mental health care is consumer driven.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $626,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 9 awards
Anticipated Award Amount:

$70,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect)

Length of Project Period: Three years

Proposed budgets may not exceed $70,000 in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and timely submission of required data and reports.

This program is being announced prior to the appropriation for FY 2007 for SAMHSA’s programs, with funding estimates based on the President’s budget request for FY 2007.  Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated for FY 2007 to permit funding of a reasonable number of applications solicited.  All applicants are reminded, however, that we cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to permit SAMHSA to fund any applications.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Wanda Finch
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1012
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1916

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1421

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

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

Download the complete Announcement No. SM-07-003

MS Word Format Download RFA in MS Word format
PDF Format Download RFA in Adobe PDF format

You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 12/12/2007