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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-07-003
Posting on Grants.gov: November 15, 2006
Receipt date: February 2 , 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 Grants for National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers.  The purpose of this program is to assist in the transformation of the mental health system by promoting consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization.

The target population for technical assistance activities of the TACs is adults with serious mental illnesses. TACs will provide technical assistance to consumers in States where consumer organization and leadership are underdeveloped.  They will also provide technical assistance to State mental health systems serving adults with serious mental illnesses, to consumer supporter organizations, service providers, and the general public.  Technical assistance activities will not be limited to specific subpopulations of adults with serious mental illnesses.

Consumer and Consumer Supporter TAC 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).

Eligibility

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

  • An applicant organization must have been in operation for a minimum of one year;
  • An applicant organization must be controlled and managed by consumers/consumer supporters;
  • An applicant organization must be dedicated to the improvement of mental health services nationally;
  • An applicant organization must have a Board of Directors comprised of more than 50 percent consumers/consumer supporters.
  • Applicants must complete and sign the Certificate of Consumer and Consumer Supporter Organization Eligibility (see Appendix E of the RFA), indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements.  Applicants must also provide necessary supportive documentation.

SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to consumer/consumer supporter organizations because the goals of this grant program are to strengthen the capacity of consumers/consumer supporters to assist in the transformation of the mental health system by promoting consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illness. 

The statutory authority for this program precludes grants to for-profit organizations.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $1.8 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Five – three Consumer TACs and two Consumer Supporter TACs
Anticipated Award Amount:

$340,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect)

Length of Project Period: Three years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $340,000 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.

An additional $126,000 will be competitively awarded each year to one of the three successful Consumer TACs to facilitate the Alternatives Conference.  (See section entitled Alternatives Conference in Section V-1: Evaluation Criteria). 

This program is being announced prior to the annual 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 hereby 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:

Risa S. Fox, M.S.
Public Health Advisor
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1052
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1960
risa.fox@samhsa.hhs.gov

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
kimberly.pendleton@samhsa.hhs.gov

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