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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Technical Assistance Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-08-003
Posting on February 25, 2008
Receipt date: April 22, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 22, 2008

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates.  Review process recommendations from the 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) 2008 for a Technical Assistance Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (TA Center) grant.  The purpose of this program is to support the federally funded Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant program and Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (Project Launch) grant programs. 

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant program provides funds to local educational agencies to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain a comprehensive plan of programs, activities, services and curricula to foster resilience, promote mental health, prevent substance abuse, youth violence and mental and behavioral disorders.  The SS/HS program is grounded in the belief that people’s lives can be enhanced through effective interventions that foster well-being and resilience at the individual, family and community levels.  Structurally, the SS/HS program brings together representatives from many diverse stakeholder groups seeking cooperation from an array of public health, mental health, education, law enforcement, justice and social service systems, as well as families and youth, to work towards the mutual goals of promoting safety, well being, and healthy development.

Project Launch grant program supports a vision of communities in which families participate in a seamless set of local programs, supports and services that promote healthy early childhood development, supportive family environments.  The Project Launch grant program will provide funds to localities through State agencies in order to plan for and implementing a range of prevention activities that include: (1) the development of a comprehensive plan to integrate behavioral and physical health; (2) integration of early childhood systems of care to blend services and supports from health, mental health, substance abuse, education, and social services; and (3) development of community based networks for preventative and primary care that coordinates and integrates behavioral and physical health service delivery.  Successful grantees must build integrated and comprehensive health/mental and behavioral health/substance use prevention and promotion programs, practices and services.  Grantees must be able to demonstrate a partnership between local mental health, primary health care, substance abuse prevention, social services and early childhood/elementary educational systems. These partnerships and plans must be developed and agreed upon by local partners in keeping with existing State plans.     

The TA Center will provide an array of technical assistance services that will improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of projects in both grant programs.  Annually, up to 90 SS/HS grantees and approximately 6 Project Launch grantees will require technical assistance services.  

The TA Center grant is 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.  For example, State and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges and community- and faith-based organizations may apply.  Partnerships of multiple centers, and programs and/or community service providers may apply as a single center.  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:

Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $6.6 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $6.6 million

Length of Project Period: Up to five years

Your proposed budget cannot exceed $6.6 million in total costs (direct and indirect) 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, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Michelle Bechard
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1113
Rockville Maryland  20857

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management     
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1085
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408

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-08-003

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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: 12/12/2008