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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreements National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up

(Initial Announcement)

 

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-08-016
Posting on Grants.gov: June 9, 2008
Receipt date: July 9, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by July 9, 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 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up grants.  The purpose of this program is to promote systematic follow up of suicidal persons who call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Every month, almost 44,000 calls are answered through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While not every caller is at acute risk for suicide, past SAMHSA-funded hotline evaluations have shown that large numbers of callers have significant histories of suicidal ideation and attempts. Crisis centers provide invaluable services and for those at imminent risk for suicide, emergency intervention is frequently initiated and may result in a psychiatric hospitalization or other acute mental health service provision. For those not at imminent risk, crisis hotlines will typically provide referrals to mental health and other services, and will also advise the caller that they may call back if they are in crisis or have additional needs.

While the SAMHSA evaluations demonstrated that callers experienced a reduction in hopelessness and suicidal intent, the evaluation also showed that 43% of suicidal callers experienced some recurrence of suicidal ideation within the next several weeks.  

This recurrence of suicidal thinking underscores the importance of receiving follow up behavioral healthcare or other appropriate services or interventions. However, the hotline evaluations found that only a minority of suicidal callers set up an appointment. Upon follow up, only 22.5% of suicidal callers had been seen by the behavioral health care system to which they had been referred and an additional 12.6% had an appointment scheduled but had not yet been seen. Clearly there is a critical need to promote more systematic follow up of callers at risk of suicide.
 
The Cooperative Agreements National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in mental health prevention and treatment services. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up 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).


Eligibility

Eligible applicants are members of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center network who provide 24 hour a day coverage and meet the additional eligibility requirements described in 3.2. Only crisis centers participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are able to obtain consent and provide follow up to National Suicide Prevention lifeline callers who experienced suicidal thoughts during or immediately preceding the call to the Lifeline. In order to maximize the likelihood of developing successful follow up approaches with this population of high risk callers , eligible National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis centers must have  experience working with NSPL initiatives focusing on high risk, high priority or underserved populations. These include crisis centers functioning as back up centers for the NSPL Veterans initiative, crisis centers participating in the NSPL Native American pilot initiative, crisis centers participating as part of the Spanish language sub network who provide 24 hour Spanish language coverage, and crisis centers who are currently through an existing contractual relationship with a State Mental Health Authority providing services to a state or region within a state. These limitations on eligibility are required, given the at risk nature of the population to be served, to assure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide services to these high risk, high priority or underserved populations, and to assure that relationships with State/local mental health systems are in place to assure that caller follow up and access to care can take place to meet the requirements of these cooperative agreements.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:

Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: Up to $350,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $70,000 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $70,000 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, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award. Applicants should be aware that funding for this program is not included in the FY 2009 President’s budget request, and funding beyond FY 2008 is not guaranteed. SAMHSA is allowing applicants to submit proposals for 2 additional budget years for planning purposes and for technical assistance in sustainability activities.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Richard McKeon Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1105
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1873
richard.mckeon@samhsa.hhs.gov

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
gwendolyn.simpson@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-08-016

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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