FY 2011 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Grants to Develop and Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives (Short Title: Adult Treatment Court Collaboratives)

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Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-11-010
Posting on Grants.gov: April 9, 2011
Original Receipt date: June 6, 2011
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 6, 2011
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, Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Mental Health Services (CMHS) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2011 Grants to Develop and Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives. SAMHSA's vision of a Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative in the justice system is one that supports treatment and recovery support for people with behavioral health conditions and that improves public health and public safety by transforming the behavioral health system at the community level. The purpose of the Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative grant program is to allow State and local criminal and dependency courts serving adults more flexibility to collaborate with the other judicial components and the local community treatment and recovery providers to better address the behavioral health needs of adults who are involved with the criminal court system.

This grant program is a new approach to current SAMHSA adult treatment drug court and ex-offender reentry grant programs and to SAMHSA's mental health systems transformation grants programs (including jail diversion for individuals with mental health needs. Previous SAMHSA adult drug court and offender reentry grants using CSAT funds have focused resources on expanding or enhancing treatment services to those individuals with substance abuse/use treatment needs, and using CMHS funds for jail diversion for individuals with mental health conditions to change processes for dealing with individuals with behavioral health conditions. This new approach combines previous and current SAMHSA criminal justice – treatment linkage programs with infrastructure planning and development activities to create new court and community networks to transform the behavioral health system at the community level.

SAMHSA's previous and existing ex-offender reentry programs were designed to address the needs of individuals with substance use disorders who had reentered society after being incarcerated. These Court Collaboratives will allow communities to meet the needs of individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders who are engaged at any point of the criminal justice or dependency court continuum, including who are reentering society after being re-incarcerated and under some sort of post-incarceration judicial supervision. In order to address the needs of individuals in any part of the criminal justice or dependency court continuum all adult criminal courts and family/child dependency courts including community-based reentry courts will be eligible to apply for and/or be a part of the court collaboratives. These Court Collaboratives will work to prevent and interrupt the cycle of offense and recidivism that occurs in many communities through diversion into appropriate treatment and services. This transformation will enable individuals with mental and substance use disorders to access treatment and services in appropriate settings instead of jails and prisons.

The Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives will allow eligible individuals with any type of behavioral health problem (including substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, and mental and substance use disorders) to receive treatment and recovery support services as part of a judicial collaborative. By "braiding" funding from CSAT and CMHS this new approach will allow communities to reach a wider population of court-involved adults with behavioral health needs.

[Note: Applicants should refer to Section 2: Expectations, Funding Allocation for guidance on the "braiding" of funds, funding constraints, reporting and accounting, and budget submission requirements.]

Recognizing that substance abuse and mental conditions should be seen in a larger behavioral health context, SAMHSA is proposing a broader, collaborative approach that provides more flexibility for local communities to utilize its courts to provide treatment services to individuals with behavioral health needs (including substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders). Recognizing that individuals with substance abuse disorders and/or mental disorders who are involved with the criminal and juvenile justice systems do not have adequate access to community-based treatment and recovery services SAMHSA has for several years funded discretionary grant programs to meet the needs of these individuals while also recognizing the need for community public safety. Previous SAMHSA funding has often been limited to serving only individuals with substance abuse disorders in drug courts or transitioning from prison to the community thereby creating a services gap. Individuals with mental health-related issues and/or co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders are not typically provided access to behavioral health services through these courts.

This grant program provides opportunities for State and local criminal or dependency courts to build partnerships in collaboration with other existing criminal courts and court diversion or alternatives to incarceration programs in order to facilitate the transformation of the State and local behavioral health delivery system so as to better meet the behavioral health needs of those adults involved with the criminal court system. By leveraging a spectrum of community based service supports within the problem solving court context for adults with behavioral health service needs the courts can facilitate the expansion and enhancement of treatment and recovery support services for those individuals with behavioral health conditions (inclusive of mental disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders). SAMHSA seeks to support the transformation of services to justice involved adults with behavioral health conditions to those that are consumer centered, recovery oriented, evidence-based, quality driven, and trauma informed.

The specific population of focus is adults who have been charged with a criminal offense and bound over to a local criminal court for trial/adjudication of that offense, when appropriate, diverted from the justice system through judicial screening, or those sentenced to incarceration in jail or prison and returning to the community under some form of judicial supervision, and who have been identified as having or suspected by the court or community of having a behavioral health condition (mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders).

The Collaborative among existing criminal courts or family/child dependency courts and other court programs and the community will allow for the coordination of judicial activities and for screening, referral, adjudication, monitoring and treatment of persons with behavioral health conditions. In alignment with the goals of SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative: Trauma and Justice, this program will help "reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health and behavioral healthcare systems and to divert people with substance use and mental disorders from criminal justice and juvenile justice systems into trauma-informed treatment and recovery". Since individuals involved in the criminal justice system tend to have high rates of exposure to trauma either as victims and/or to victimize others, grantees must assure that Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative personnel and service providers will be trauma-informed and that court clients will be screened, assessed, and treated for trauma-related disorders.

The Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative grant program is one of SAMHSA's service grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Given the systems transformation goals of this program, SAMHSA is allowing applicants an initial 6-month start-up period to plan and implement court coordination and linkages and needed systems infrastructure planning and development before the actual provision of treatment and recovery services. However, in order to meet the performance measurement requirements of the program, service delivery must begin by the 6th month of the project at the latest.

Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives grants are authorized under Sections 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended for CSAT funds, and Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended for CMHS funds. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA. For more information on SAMHSA's interest in funding ATCC grants please see Appendix K- Background Information.

Footnote:

  1. For the purposes of this RFA, the term "behavioral health" refers to a state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems include substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders. This includes a range of problems from unhealthy stress to diagnosable and treatable diseases like serious mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, which are often chronic in nature but that people can and do recover from. The term is also used to describe the service systems encompassing the promotion of emotional health, the prevention of mental and substance use disorders and related problems, treatments and services for mental and substance use disorders, and recovery.

Eligibility

SAMHSA is restricting eligibility to operational individual misdemeanor or felony adult criminal courts, family/child dependency courts, or their Tribal/State or local governmental proxies who may apply on their behalf. Therefore, in addition to direct application by an individual misdemeanor or felony adult criminal court or a family/child dependency court, units of Tribal/State/local government such as the Tribal Court Administrator, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Single State Agency for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the State Mental Health Services Agency, the designated State Drug Court Coordinator, or local governmental unit such as the county or city agency with direct involvement with the identified adult criminal court or family/child dependency court may apply on behalf of an individual court. When the State, Tribal, or local unit of government is the applicant, all awarded grant funds must be dedicated to the local behavioral health treatment court Collaborative with the exception of a small set aside, not to exceed two percent of the total award, that is permissible to cover the costs of administration and oversight of the grant.

This grant program is not intended to provide start-up funds to create new problem solving courts (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, DUI/DWI Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, Co-Occurring Courts, Re-entry Courts etc.) or maintain existing courts, but to link existing court and community entities in a behavioral health treatment court collaborative. Start up and implementation of problem solving courts is time consuming and does not fit within the 3-year grant cycle. Therefore, in order to meet the eligibility requirements of an operational criminal court or family/child dependency court, the applicant court must be operational for at least one year at the time of application. "Operational" is defined as a judge being designated to a court with a docket of specific cases and seeing defendants on a regular and recurring basis for at least a year prior to the submission of the grant application. By signing the application form SF-424 the applicant certifies that the applicant adult criminal court or family/child dependency court meets the definition of an "operational’ court.

Additionally, while an operational individual adult criminal court or family/child dependency court must apply as the "lead" agency for these court collaboratives, the proposed Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative must consist of at least the applicant court at the local level (municipality, city/town, county) and at least one other problem-solving court or court based diversion process (e.g., screening process, jail diversion, sequential intercept model, mental health, co-occurring court, reentry court) that addresses behavioral health conditions or a commitment by the applicant court to implement such a behavioral health court or court-based diversion process.

If an applicant proposes a Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative that links to other courts, court diversion processes, or justice programs that are planned but not already in place, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to fund and implement such court or court diversion programs within six months of grant award. For example, in their application a felony criminal court may propose to use recently awarded Bureau of Justice Assistance drug court implementation grant funds to administer a newly proposed problem solving court docket and use the SAMHSA funds for treatment expansion and systems transformation activities indicated in this solicitation. As the purpose of this grant program is not to fund start up court activities or support existing administration of justice/court activities, you must provide documentation, in Attachment 6 of your application, that funding has already been secured for any administration of justice activities such as the staffing and operation of court programs.

Eligibility is limited to operational individual misdemeanor or felony adult criminal courts, family/child dependency courts, or their Tribal/State or local governmental proxies who may apply on their behalf to best enable diversion from the criminal justice system of those individuals with mental or substance use disorders. These courts, through the collaborative network supported by this program, will provide multiple entry points for this population. These courts are best suited to develop networks to offer appropriate treatment to interrupt the cycle of incarceration and recidivism.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $4.4 million ($2.2 million from CSAT and $2.2 million from CMHS)
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to eleven (11 awards)
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year (up to $200,000 from CSAT and up to $200,000 from CMHS)
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

CSAT:

Kenneth W. Robertson
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1001
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1621
kenneth.robertson@samhsa.hhs.gov

CMHS:

David Morrissette, Ph.D, L.C.S.W.
Center for Mental Health Services, Division of Service and Systems Improvement
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1011
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1912
david.morrissette@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

CSAT:

Love Foster-Horton
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1095
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1653
love.foster-horton@samhsa.hhs.gov

CMHS:

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: 04/11/2011