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FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program
(Short Title: System of Care Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements)

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INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-12-003
Posting on Grants.gov: May 9, 2012
Original Receipt date: June 19, 2012

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.104

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 19, 2012
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) 2012 Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements).  The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.  This program supports broad-scale operation, expansion and integration of systems of care through the creation of sustainable infrastructure which allows for the provision of and access to required services and supports to ensure the values, principles, and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children’s mental health services are delivered throughout the nation.  This cooperative agreement is intended to support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children with serious emotional disturbances along with the implementation of systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development, and other areas that are necessary for expanding and sustaining the system of care approach, and to accomplish these goals through linkages with other health reform implementation efforts.

The goal of the System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Grants is to build upon progress made in developing comprehensive strategic plans to expand and sustain the system of care values and principles to address children and youth with serious mental health conditions and their families.  SAMHSA expects that these grants will help facilitate wide scale adoption and operation of the SOC framework (across large geographic regions such as those represented by States, Tribes and Territories) and increase State Medicaid and other third party reimbursement for the SOC spectrum of services and supports.  Applicants are expected to implement plans and activities that support comprehensive and sustainable policies, infrastructure, required services and supports consistent with the requirements authorized under Sections 561-565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

This intent reflects the SAMHSA Theory of Change that takes the development of an innovation through the phases of demonstration, implementation, dissemination, and wide scale adoption. The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI) supports the demonstration of the innovative system of care approach, progresses through these stages, and promotes wide scale implementation.

Applicants are expected to create comprehensive and sustainable actions that promote and provide required services, supports and infrastructure that are consistent with the requirements authorized under Sections 561- 565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

The SOC Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements closely align with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support, Trauma and Justice, and Health Reform Strategic Initiatives by focusing resources on reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American communities and addressing the behavioral health impacts of trauma through a systematic public health approach.

Eligibility

Eligibility for this program is statutorily limited to public entities such as: State governments; Indian or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4[b] and Section 4[c] of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act); Governmental units within political subdivisions of a State, such as a county, city or town; District of Columbia government; and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands).

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

    Funding Mechanism: Grant
    Anticipated Total Available Funding: $15,000,000
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 15
    Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000 per year
    Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $1,000,000 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.

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Diane Sondheimer, Deputy Branch Chief
Division of Service and Systems Improvement
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1043
Rockville, MD  20857
240-276-1922
diane.sondheimer@samhsa.hhs.gov

OR

Gary Blau, Branch Chief
Division of Service and Systems Improvement
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1045
Rockville, MD  20857
240-276-1921
gary.blau@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, 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

1. REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

YOU MUST RESPOND TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE RFA IN PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION.

2. GRANT APPLICATION PACKAGE

YOU MUST USE THE FORMS IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.

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: 05/07/2012