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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreement for the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
(Short Title: YVP-RC)


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-13-007
Posting on May 28, 2013
Original Receipt date: July 1, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by July 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, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (YVP-RC) cooperative agreement. The purpose of this jointly funded program is to serve as a national resource and training center to increase the effectiveness of youth violence prevention, prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, and promotion of the healthy development of children and youth. The YVP-RC will also provide technical assistance for SAMHSA's Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) and Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (Project LAUNCH) grant programs. Funding for this announcement is from Youth Violence Prevention in the amount of $4.599 million (75 percent) to support the technical assistance needs of the SS/HS grants and the field in the implementation of community level partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal justice systems that promote systems integration and policy change and sustainable policies, infrastructure, services, and supports. In addition, $1.572 million (25 percent) from Project LAUNCH to support the technical assistance needs of the Project LAUNCH Grantees and the field in the implementation of evidence-based practices that promote and enhance the wellness of young children by developing infrastructure and implement prevention/promotion wellness strategies necessary to promote the wellness of young children from birth to age eight.

Results from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) – United States, 2011 indicated that many high school students are engaged in priority health-risk behaviors associated with the leading causes of death among persons aged 10–24 years in the United States. Research has shown that three quarters of mental illnesses start before age 24 and that creating safe and healthy school and community environments are key to reducing risk factors that lead to the development of mental illness and to fostering wellness in children. Years of prevention research and knowledge of evidence-based practices related to mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and violence prevention show that well-designed prevention interventions are effective and can have multiple benefits that impact an array of health-risk behaviors.

It is SAMHSA's intent that the YVP-RC provide states/tribes, organizations, and communities with the resources they need to eliminate or reduce the impact of risk factors and promote positive and protective factors for children, youth, young adults, and their families. This program will advance the dissemination and use of prevention research to inform development and implementation of policies and programs across state and tribal agencies. Planning and implementation of statewide prevention programming and policies will be accomplished through the use of a public health approach. The YVP-RC also seeks to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by ensuring that YVP-RC recipients are encouraged to develop and implement strategies to decrease differences in prevalence, access, service use, and outcomes among racial and ethnic minority children, youth, young adults, and families served.

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 promotion, 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 promotion, 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 YVP-RC closely aligns with SAMHSA's Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative which aims to support communities where individuals, children and youth, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco, and suicide. In addition, the YVP-RC also aligns with SAMHSA's Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative which aims to reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information is available at:

Since 1999, the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant program has provided funds to local educational agencies to partner with public health, mental health, education, law enforcement, justice and social service systems, as well as families and youth, to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain a comprehensive plan of programs, activities, and services to prevent violence and foster the healthy development of children and youth. Based on key findings from the SS/HS National Evaluation, SAMHSA seeks to build upon the lessons learned by engaging state and community agencies (including local education agencies) to develop partnerships that will result in the successful implementation of comprehensive school violence prevention that are guided by the SS/HS model. The SS/HS State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Community program (SS/HS State Program) will build state-level partnerships among educational, behavioral health (i.e., mental health and substance abuse), and criminal justice systems, and develop capacity at the state- and community-levels to create safe and supportive schools and communities through cross-system partnerships.

Since FY 2008, Project LAUNCH has supported a vision of communities in which families participate in a seamless set of programs, supports, and services that promote healthy early childhood development and result in more children reaching developmental milestones and entering school ready and able to learn. Grantees work to create coordinated, integrated, and effective early childhood systems. In addition, grantees plan and implement a range of prevention and wellness promotion activities for young children and their families. The Project LAUNCH "Five Core Strategies" represent best practice in promoting the mental health of young children in multiple settings across the child serving system, including primary care, early care and education, and within the home.

The YVP-RC cooperative agreement is authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

SAMHSA strongly encourages all grantees to provide a smoke-free workplace and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products (except in regard to accepted tribal traditions and practices).


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including current and former grantees. 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 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.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $6.171 million (Up to $4.599 million or 75 percent from Youth Violence Prevention and up to $1.572 million or 25 percent from Project LAUNCH
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $4.599 million per year from Youth Violence Prevention and up to $1.572 million from Project LAUNCH
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to four years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $6.171 million in total costs (direct and indirect) for each year of the proposed project. Note: Applicants may request up to $4.599 million per year for four years for the SS/HS activities and up to $1.572 million per year for four years for the Project LAUNCH activities. The budget must include a separate column for the use of the Project LAUNCH funds. Grantees will be expected to track and report the SS/HS and Project LAUNCH funds separately.

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.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution, as reduced by sequestration. Applicants should be aware that final funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

This award will be made as a cooperative agreement.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Michelle Bechard
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1872

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

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

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

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Last updated: 05/28/2013