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FY 2009 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-09-010
Posting on March 25, 2009
Receipt date: April 23, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 23, 2009

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 (SAMHSA) is accepting an application to supplement and expand grant activities funded under the Technical Assistance Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (TAC-MHPYVP) cooperative agreement.  The available funds will extend technical assistance services to Project Linking Actions to Unmet Needs of Children’s Health (Project LAUNCH) grantees who will be newly funded in FY 2009.

The TAC-MHPYVP will continue to provide an array of technical assistance services that will improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of all Project LAUNCH grant funded projects, not just those funded under the FY 2008 cooperative agreement.  To maximize and ensure that technical assistance services are uniform in design and intent, and to ensure effectiveness and efficiency, eligibility is limited to the current grantee (Education Development Center Inc.).

Project LAUNCH 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 and supportive family environments. The Project LAUNCH grant program provides funds to localities through state agencies in order to plan for and build these integrated and comprehensive health/behavioral health prevention and promotion programs, practices, and services.  Programs are administered by a partnership between local mental health, primary health care, substance abuse prevention, social services, and early childhood/ elementary educational systems.

At a minimum the funds awarded will be used to conduct and expand upon the following activities:

  • Providing multifaceted technical assistance services across a wide variety of topics.
  • Providing centralized administration, management, and coordination of TA services.
  • Providing localized site specific and cross site technical assistance in a variety of formats and media.
  • Establishing processes for identifying best practices and resource development and sharing these across all grantee sites.
  • Providing technical assistance that demonstrates competency with respect to all types of diversity, e.g., age, gender, culture.
  • Creating linkages for Project LAUNCH grantees with state mental health directors and state child and maternal health directors.
  • Providing communications technical assistance to Project LAUNCH grantees.

The TAC-MHPYVP cooperative agreement 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

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to the Education Development Center, Inc., which currently operates the YVPTA Center.  Eligibility is limited to the current grantee because this funding supplement is intended to support the technical assistance needs of Project LAUNCH grantees to be newly funded in FY 2009.  This supplement will serve to maximize efficiencies created under the current service infrastructure.  It would be inefficient and duplicative to fund additional assistance to the Project Launch grantees through a second organization.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:

Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $500,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $500,000 per year

Length of Project Period:

Up to 4 years

It is expected that up to $500,000 will be available to fund 1 (one) award in FY 2009.  Annual awards are expected to be up to $500,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect) for up to 4 (four) years.

The proposed budget cannot exceed the allowable amount in any year of the supplement.  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
Mental Health Promotion Branch
SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1113
Rockville, MD  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.

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: 03/27/2009