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FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress - Category I

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-12-005
Posting on Grants.gov: May 17, 2012
Original Receipt date: June 20, 2012

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 20, 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 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI), National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) grant. This program is designed to improve the quality of trauma treatment and services in communities for children, adolescents, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events and to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents throughout the nation. The purpose of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) is to develop and maintain the collaborative network structure, support resource development and dissemination, and coordinates the Network’s national child trauma education and training efforts. Congress provided funding of $1M for data analysis and reporting activities that improve evidenced based practices and raise the standard of trauma care.

The initiative is designed to address child trauma issues by supporting a national network of grantees—the National Child Traumatic Stress Network—that work collaboratively to develop and disseminate effective community practices for children and adolescents exposed to a wide array of traumatic events.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is composed of three types of centers:

  • The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (Category I) develops and maintains the collaborative network structure, supports resource development and dissemination, and coordinates the Network’s national child trauma education and training efforts.
  • The Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers - (Category II) provide national expertise and assume responsibility in the Network for specific areas of trauma, such as specific types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems; and support the development and adaptation of effective trauma treatments and services for children, adolescents and their families that can be implemented throughout the nation.
  • The Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers - (Category III) are primarily service programs that implement and evaluate effective treatment and services in community settings and youth serving service systems and collaborate with other NCTSN centers on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing, and training issues.

SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health. To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. The NCTSI is part of SAMHSA’s effort to achieve the goals of the Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative by developing a public health approach to trauma that strengthens surveillance, prevention, screening, and treatment and supports trauma-informed systems.

Children of deployed military personnel have more school, family, and peer-related emotional difficulties in comparison to national samples. Therefore, SAMHSA has identified military families as a priority population under this funding opportunity.

Over the coming months, SAMHSA will be implementing a process that will develop a formal definition and standardized criteria for trauma-informed care and guidance for adaption to different service systems and sectors. Grantees of this program announcement will be encouraged to participate in this process. All SAMHSA grantees will be expected to align their programmatic activities with the resultant definition and standardized criteria of trauma-informed care.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress grant is authorized under Section 582 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

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 Tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.

Applicants may also apply for the NCTSI Treatment and Services and Adaptation Centers (TSA) and Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS) cooperative agreements. If approved for funding in more than one National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative program, an award may be made in only one of the programs.

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

Cost sharing/match are not required in this program.

You must comply with the following three requirements, or your application will be screened out and will not be reviewed:

  1. Use of the SF-424 Application form; Budget Information form SF-424A; Project/Performance Site Location(s) form; Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable; and Checklist
  2. Application submission requirements in Section IV-3 of the RFA
  3. Formatting requirements provided in Appendix A of the RFA

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $5 Million NCTSI National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and $1 Million NCTSI Core Data Set Reporting and Data Analysis
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $6 million per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $6 million in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Applicants must submit two (2) separate budgets for: the National Center ($5 million) and Core Data Set Reporting and Analysis ($1 million). 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:

Malcolm Gordon, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1005
Rockville, Maryland 20857
240-276-1856
malcolm.gordon@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: 05/17/2012