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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families
(Short Title: System of Care Expansion Planning Grants)

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-13-001
Posting on Grants.gov: December 31, 2012
Original Receipt date: March 1, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by March 1, 2013
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's, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 for Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families (System of Care Expansion Planning Grants). The purpose of these grants is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving and expanding services provided by systems of care (SOC) for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

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 the 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 purpose of this RFA is to expand and sustain SOC. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate the ability to engage in planning activities that reflect the greatest geographic area and that represent the likelihood for extensive and wide-ranging policy and program transformation (i.e., statewide, territory-wide, and tribal).

The applicant, whether a state or a political entity other than a state, must provide evidence of commitment for SOC expansion by including a letter of support from the Governor (or designee), or the commensurate- level tribal or territorial representative or (designee). The letter must identify how the applicant will expand efforts to a broader level, and an explanation of how sustainability will be accomplished. The letter should also provide evidence of support for the SOC approach and demonstrate a commitment to integrating SOC values and principles throughout the state, territory, or tribal organization.

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) tribe; any legally established organization of (AI/AN) 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 (AI/AN) 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 that have previously received funding under the Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families (System of Care Expansion Planning Grants), RFA# SM-11-008 and/or Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (System of Care Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements), RFA# SM-12-003 are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement. SAMHSA is limiting eligibility in order to expand the number of jurisdictions and locations within a state, political subdivision, territory, or tribal entity which have adopted a system of care approach.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10,708,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 13
Anticipated Award Amount: From $300,000 to $800,000 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? Yes
[See Section III-2 of the RFA for cost sharing/match requirements.]
Length of Project Period: 1 year

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $800,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Applicants must provide a narrative justification for the budget amount requested and also how the money will be spent during the 1- year project period. Higher amounts will only be considered for jurisdictions that have significant population density or large geographic areas.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that final funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Diane Sondheimer, Deputy Chief
Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, 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

Gary M. Blau, Ph.D., Chief
Child, Adolescent and Family Branch,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 7-1091
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: 01/14/2013