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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
Community Treatment and Services Center Grants
(CTS Centers)

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-08-010
Posting on February 29, 2008
Receipt date: April 29, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 29, 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 Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Center cooperative agreements through the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.

Community Treatment and Services Centers are a category (Category III) of cooperative agreements under SAMHSA’s larger National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI).  The purpose of the NCTSI is to improve treatment and services for all children and adolescents in the United States who have experienced traumatic events.  The NCTSI is designed to address child trauma issues by creating a national network of grantees that work collaboratively to develop and promote effective community practices for children and adolescents exposed to a wide array of traumatic events. The NCTSI Network is comprised of three types of Centers:

  1. The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) works with SAMHSA to develop and maintain the Network structure, coordinate collaborative Network activities, oversee resource development and dissemination and coordinate national education and training efforts;

  2. The Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers provide national expertise on specific types of traumatic events, population groups and service systems, and support the specialized adaptation of effective treatment and service interventions for communities across the country; and

  3. The Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers implement and evaluate effective trauma-focused and trauma-informed treatment and services in community settings and in youth-serving service systems and collaborate with other network centers on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing and training issues. 

Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers are community-focused centers that promote the local use of trauma-informed practices and interventions for children and adolescents. Trauma-informed interventions include clinical treatments, services and practices that intervene directly with children and their families or that address trauma by intervening with the professionals, organizations and service systems that serve children who witness or experience traumatic events.  Grants will be provided to community organizations or programs that primarily provide or support treatment and services in their community, or specialty child service settings, for children, adolescents and their families who have experienced trauma. 

The overall goals of CTS Centers are to identify trauma-informed practices and interventions that address child trauma needs in their communities, to collaborate with TSA Centers that target similar priority areas and to work with other community agencies to transform service delivery approaches so that trauma-informed practices and interventions “take root” within local community service systems.  Grantees are expected to collaborate intensively within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) for these purposes and for developing child traumatic stress-related products and services for nationwide dissemination.

Highest priority will be given to applicants located in the Gulf Coast area (i.e., Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi) and providing services in areas impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and who have previous experience in providing such services.
As of the fall 2007, approximately 1.4 million men and women have been deployed to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in support of the Global War on Terror.  Individuals returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk for suffering post-traumatic stress and other related disorders.  Experts estimate that up to one-third of returning veterans will need mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and related services.  In addition, the family members of returning veterans have an increased need for related support services.  To address these concerns, SAMHSA strongly encourages all applicants to consider the unique needs of returning veterans and their families in developing their proposed project.

CTS Center grants are authorized under Section 290hh-1 (42 U.S.C. 290hh-1) 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; outpatient clinics; psychiatric or general hospitals; and partnerships of multiple clinical centers, programs, and/or community service providers applying as a single CTS center may apply.  The statutory authority for this program precludes grants to for-profit organizations. 

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $3 Million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 7 Awards
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000
Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 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, and timely submission of required data, reports and compliance with all terms and conditions.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Jean Plaschke, M.S.W. 
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1103
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1436

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-08-010

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: 12/12/2008