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FY 2009 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Juvenile Drug Courts
(Short Title: Juvenile Drug Courts)

(Initial Announcement)

Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-09-004
Posting on Grants.gov: March 18, 2009
Receipt date: May 5, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 5, 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)/SSA 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 Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2009 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity for Juvenile Drug Courts.  The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of existing juvenile drug courts to serve substance-abusing juvenile offenders through the integration and implementation of the Juvenile Drug Court: Strategies in Practice, and the Reclaiming Futures program models.

The juvenile drug court is a special court docket approach that builds community partnerships and enhances the capacity of the partners to assist in rehabilitating nonviolent substance-abusing youth through an innovative, integrated approach that reflects the community’s norms, values, resources, and needs. (For more information on the key elements of a juvenile drug court, see Appendix I.) The Juvenile Drug Courts: Strategies in Practice model has been used to implement and operate Juvenile Drug Courts. The RWJ Reclaiming Futures model has been effective in combining community system reforms, substance abuse treatment improvement and community engagement to help youth break the cycle of drugs and crime.  SAMHSA/CSAT funds will be used to fund the screening, assessment, and treatment components of the Reclaiming Futures model.  (For more information on The Six Stages of the Reclaiming Futures model, see Appendix J.)  The integration and implementation of the Juvenile Drug Courts: Strategies in Practice, and Reclaiming Futures program models will enhance the capacity of communities to provide intervention, treatment, and structure to young people whose lives have begun a downward spiral of substance abuse and delinquent activity.

Under this program, grantees will receive two separate awards: OJJDP will fund the juvenile drug court component and CSAT will fund the substance abuse treatment component.  Please note that OJJDP will make a one-time award, up to $425,000 (match is required), per grantee for the entire four year grant period, while CSAT will make annual awards, up to $200,000, per grantee for each year of the four year grant period. Therefore, grantees must have a system in place to track substance abuse treatment and juvenile drug court grant fund expenditures separately.  Grantees will also be required to submit separate documentation to OJJDP for their Grants Management System and adhere to their statutory requirements for juvenile drug courts.  For more information on OJJDP’s statutory requirements for juvenile drug courts, go to http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/funding/FundingDetail.asp?fi=118.

Juvenile Drug Courts is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse treatment services and/or to increase the ability of States, units of local government, American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging substance abuse problems.  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.  

Juvenile Drug Court grants are authorized under Sections 501 (d)(18) and 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, and 42 U.S.C. Section 3797a.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).

Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to existing individual Juvenile Drug Courts that have demonstrated relationships and agreements with existing community-based substance abuse treatment providers in order to create the necessary networks to successfully implement these grants.  Juvenile Drug Courts are the only eligible entities for this program because such courts are the catalysts for juveniles involved in the criminal justice system to enter a drug court program. Although public and private nonprofit organizations have a pivotal supporting role in drug court programs and may be sub-recipients/contractors to the applicant, they are not the catalysts for entry into drug court and are restricted from applying.

Funding is intended to serve individual drug courts, although some States/Counties have restrictions prohibiting individual courts from applying for this type of funding.  Only if there is a formal legislative, administrative, or policy restriction preventing an individual court from applying for a grant or legally administering grant or treatment funds can the State or County apply for this grant.  In those cases, the State, County, or designated subunit of government (e.g., county probation department, district attorney’s office, or pretrial services agency) will be the award recipient, the entity responsible for satisfying the grant requirements and must provide the documentation of the restriction that prohibits the individual court from applying in Appendix 7 of the application. Designated subunits of government must also submit an authorization letter from the State or County in Appendix 7 of the application.  

Under this program, grantees will receive two separate awards; OJJDP will fund the juvenile drug court component and CSAT will fund the substance abuse treatment component.  Please note that OJJDP will make a one-time award, up to $425,000, per grantee for the entire four year grant period, while CSAT will make annual awards, up to $200,000, per grantee for each year of the four year grant period. A match is required for the OJJDP award. Therefore, grantees must have a system in place to track substance abuse treatment and juvenile drug court grant fund expenditures separately.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding:

Juvenile Drug Courts- Up to $1.275 million in total
Substance Abuse Treatment- Up to $600,000

Anticipated Number of Awards:

Juvenile Drug Courts- 3
Substance Abuse Treatment- 3

Anticipated Award Amount: Juvenile Drug Courts- Up to $425,000 in total/4 years
Substance Abuse Treatment- Up to $200,000/year
Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

For the Juvenile Drug Court Component, proposed budgets cannot exceed $425,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for the entire proposed project.  Note: OJJDP will make a one-time award, up to $425,000, per grantee for the entire four year grant period.

For the Substance Abuse Treatment Component, proposed budgets cannot exceed $200,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Note: SAMHSA will make annual awards, up to $200,000, per grantee over the four year grant period. 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.

Funding for this program is subject to the enactment of a final budget for FY 2009.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on potential funding scenarios that reflect early Congressional action on the SAMHSA appropriation but do not reflect final conference action on the 2009 budget.  Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to fully fund this program.
 

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Randy Muck, M.Ed.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1097
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1576
Randy.Muck@samhsa.hhs.gov

Mark Morgan
Grant Program Specialist
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531
(202) 353-9243
Mark.Morgan@usdoj.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kathleen Sample
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management          
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1089
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1407
kathleen.sample@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.

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: 03/29/2009