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FY 2006 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Supplements for the Development of Comprehensive Drug/Alcohol and Mental Health Treatment Systems for Persons Who are Homeless (Short Title: Treatment for Homeless Supplements)

(Initial Announcement)

Request for Applications (RFA) No.  SM-06-009
Posting on Grants.gov: March 1, 2006
Receipt date: May 2, 2006
Announcement Type: New

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

 

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 2, 2006.

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Letters from 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.

Under the authority of Section 506 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of funds to expand/enhance grant activities funded under the Development of Comprehensive Drug/Alcohol and Mental Health Treatment Systems for Persons Who are Homeless grant announcement.

The purpose of this program supplement is to enable current grantees to expand and strengthen their treatment services for chronically homeless persons with substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, or co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses. The purpose of the Treatment for Homeless grant supplements is to link treatment services with housing programs and other needed services (e.g., primary care, employment, veterans).

For the purposes of this grant announcement, “chronically homeless” persons are defined as unaccompanied homeless individuals with a disabling condition who have either been continuously homeless for a year or more or have had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.

People who experience chronic homelessness tend to have disabling mental health and substance abuse conditions. Recent estimates suggest that at least 40 percent have substance abuse disorders and 20 percent have serious mental illnesses. Often individuals have more than one of these conditions. An estimated 50 percent of adults with serious mental illnesses who are homeless also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Among veterans who are homeless, one-third to nearly one-half experience co-occurring mental and addictive disorders. These problems not only contribute to persons’ risk for becoming homeless, but also to the difficulty they experience exiting homelessness.

People who experience chronic homelessness require a broad range of services and supports that are coordinated with each other and linked to permanent housing. SAMHSA has identified evidenced-based and promising practices that are effective in preventing and ending homelessness among people with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. These include: outreach and engagement, housing with appropriate supports, multidisciplinary treatment teams/intensive case management, integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, motivational interventions, modified therapeutic communities, and self-help programs.

Grantees who receive these supplemental awards must use the funds to add, expand, or enhance their services component to ensure that individuals experiencing chronic homeless receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as the additional comprehensive array of services that they may need to achieve the highest level of recovery possible. At a minimum the funds awarded must be used to conduct the following activities: mental health and substance abuse treatment, linkage to housing and housing support services, case management activities, and other recovery-oriented services to be defined by the applicant.

Applicants must show that the proposed services and practices are appropriate for a chronically homeless population.

Treatment for Homeless Supplement grants are authorized under Section 506 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus areas 18 (Mental Health) and 26 (Substance Abuse).

Eligibility

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to current Treatment for Homeless grantees whose awards began in FY 2004 and FY 2005. Eligibility does not include grantees whose grant period ends in FY 2006.

Eligibility is being limited because the FY 2006 congressional appropriations report directed SAMHSA to maintain its financial level of effort in funding programs that provide services to a chronically homeless population. Because these funds are for one year only, the most effective and efficient use of these one-year funds is to build on the experience, knowledge and infrastructure that has been developed by the current Treatment for Homeless grantees and to allow them to expand and enhance their existing efforts to address the needs of persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness.

Award Information

The estimated funding available is $4 million. Proposed budgets cannot exceed the allowable amount of the supplement. Support for individual projects funded under this announcement is not to exceed $200,000. This amount includes both direct and indirect costs for the one year of the supplemental program. It is expected that approximately 20 projects will be funded for a period of up to one year.

Cost sharing is not required in this program.

Awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Gigi Belanger
Homeless Programs Branch
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road , Room 6-1026
Rockville , Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1893
Gigi.Belanger@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1421
kimberly.pendleton@samhsa.hhs.gov

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

The complete Announcement No. SM-06-009

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PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms, assurances, certification, and checklist.

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

You may request a complete application kit by calling one of SAMHSA's national clearinghouses:

  • For substance abuse prevention or treatment grants, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686.

  • For mental health grants, call the National Mental Health Information Center at 1-800-789-CMHS (2647).

Additional Materials

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

Technical Assistance and Training for SAMHSA Grant Applicants

Grants Management at SAMHSA: Useful Information for Grantees

Last updated: 02/12/2009