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FY 2010 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Request for Applications (RFA)

 Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families
(Short Title: Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment)

(Initial Announcement)


Rquest for Applications (RFA) No.  TI-10-002
Posting on March 2, 2010
Original Receipt date: April 23, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial
Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 23, 2010

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 Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Family Centered Substance Abuse Treatment Grants for Adolescents and their Families (Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment).  The purpose of this program is to provide substance abuse services to adolescents and their families/primary caregivers in geographic areas with unmet need.  Grantees will implement evidence-based practices, specifically the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) coupled with Assertive Continuing Care (ACC), that are context specific focusing on the interaction between youth and their environments, family centered and community-based.  Families/primary caregivers are an integral part of the treatment process and their inclusion increases the likelihood of successful treatment and reintegration of the adolescents into their communities following the period of formalized treatment. 

SAMHSA is interested in advancing adolescent treatment services by requiring applicants to implement the evidence-based A-CRA/ACC model in geographic areas with unmet need.  To ensure that the evidence-based practice is implemented with fidelity, grantees will receive initial training in this model, and continue to benefit from on-going support and coaching during the certification process for clinicians and supervisors.  All grantees must become certified in the A-CRA/ACC model.  Training, certification, and support, for a designated number of staff, will be provided by SAMHSA at no additional cost to the grantee (See Appendix I of the RFA).

As of February 2009, approximately 1.89 million men and women have been deployed to serve in support of overseas contingency operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  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 adolescents in military families and families of returning veterans in developing their proposed project.

Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in substance abuse prevention and 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.  

Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment grants are authorized under 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).


Eligible Applicants

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. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN Tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities.  Consortia of tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.  State applicants must propose to implement a project at a single site within the State and must have a selected site at the time of application.   

You must complete and sign the A-CRA/ACC and GAIN Statement of Assurance (see Appendix K of this RFA).  This signed and completed Assurance must be included in Attachment 6 of your application or it will be screened out and not considered for an award.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10.575 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 35
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $300,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $300,000 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.  

State applicants may not request administrative costs.  Funds are to be used to pay for services delivery (not the cost of implementing a competition among providers to be funded to implement this grant).  The grant is not a pass-through.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Jutta Butler
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1156
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1567 

For questions on grants management and budget issues, contact:

Wanda Solomon
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management     
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1098
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1409

Documents needed to complete a grant application:





Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

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Last updated: 03/20/2010