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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention
(Short Title: State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants)

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-13-010
Posting on Grants.gov: May 14, 2013
Original Receipt date: June 13, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 13, 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 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements). The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, families and youth, and other child and youth supporting organizations.

As a result of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants, states, tribes and communities will:

  • increase the number of persons in youth serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, juvenile justice programs, trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide;
  • increase the number of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide;
  • increase the number of youth identified at risk for suicide;
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide referred for behavioral health care services;
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services; and
  • increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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 State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants closely aligns with SAMHSA's Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative. More information is available at the SAMHSA website: www.samhsa.gov/About/strategy.aspx. The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant program will address the prevention of suicides and attempted suicides among populations at high risk, especially military families, youth, and American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), as well as the expected impact on behavioral health disparities. (See Appendix J of the RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

The State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants is one of SAMHSA's services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.

State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, Section 520E-1 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:

  • States (Including D.C. and the Territories)
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act), or urban Indian organizations (as defined in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act) that are actively involved in the development and continuation of a tribal youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategy
  • Public or private non-profit organizations designated by a state, federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization, or urban Indian organization, to develop or direct the State/tribal-sponsored youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategy
    • The letter designating your organization should be included in Attachment 5 of your application. In order for your application to be considered for peer review, applicants must submit a letter designating your organization.

No single state agency is mandated to be the lead for state and tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants, as states differ in which state agency has taken the lead for suicide prevention (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health). Where states have a plan that designates a lead agency, that agency should act as the lead or should designate an alternative lead for the State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. If the state plan does not designate a lead agency, justify the selection of the lead agency for this application.

States and/or tribes who have been previous recipients of a State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grant award are eligible to apply under this funding announcement. You are required to address how this grant award will build on and/or expand the work of the previous grant award(s) and not simply continuing what was done.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $2,642,283
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $440,000 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $440,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project 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 the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Michelle Carnes, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1096
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1869
michelle.carnes@samhsa.hhs.gov@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.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the webinar that was held on Thursday, May 31, 2013, please visit the SAMHSA Technical Assistance provider for this grant, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, or contact Michelle Carnes at (240) 276-1869.

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: 06/06/2013