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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals for States
(Short Title: CABHI-States)


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: TI-13-004
Posting on March 26, 2013
Original Receipt date: May 1, 2013
Modified Receipt date: May 28, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by May 28, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals for States (CABHI-States) grants. The purpose of this jointly funded program is to enhance or develop the infrastructure of states and their treatment service systems to increase capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated/integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; CMHS-funded peer navigator(s); and other critical services to persons who experience chronic homelessness with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The outcomes will include: 1) assisting states to develop strategies associated with addressing the needs of individuals who experience chronic homelessness; and 2) increasing the number of individuals placed in permanent supportive housing and enrolled in Medicaid and other mainstream benefits (e.g., SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP).

The major goal of the CABHI-States program is to ensure, through state and local planning and service delivery, that the most vulnerable individuals who experience chronic homelessness receive access to sustainable permanent housing, treatment, recovery supports, and Medicaid and other mainstream benefits. To achieve this goal, SAMHSA funds will support four primary types of activities.

CSAT funds will support three primary types of activities:

  • Enhancement or development of a statewide plan to ensure sustained partnerships across public health and housing systems that will result in short- and long-term strategies to support individuals who experience chronic homelessness.
  • Delivery of behavioral health, housing support, peer, and other recovery-oriented services not covered under a state's Medicaid plan.
  • Assist the state Medicaid eligibility agency in developing a streamlined application process for individuals who experience chronic homelessness and assist providers (e.g., alcohol and drug treatment facilities, homeless service providers) seeking to become qualified Medicaid providers; engage and enroll eligible persons who experience chronic homelessness in Medicaid and other mainstream benefit programs (e.g., SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP).

CMHS funds will support the fourth primary activity, peer navigator(s):

  • Use of a peer navigator to assist individuals who have co-occurring substance use disorders with serious mental illness identify and access housing, recovery support services, social mainstream benefits, and personal network development.

SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental, substance use, and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. 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 people and emerging opportunities. More information is available at the SAMHSA Web site: This program is aligned with all Strategic Initiatives and specifically Recovery Support. If your application is funded, you will be expected to: 1) develop a health disparities impact statement. This statement should utilize grantee data to identify subpopulations (i.e., racial, ethnic, sexual/gender minority groups) vulnerable to health disparities; and (2) develop a plan to decrease the differences in access, service use and outcomes among those subpopulations. This plan should include use of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. See Appendix I of this RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.

CABHI-States 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.

CABHI-States grants are authorized under Section 509 and 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 and/or Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligible applicants are the single state agencies for substance abuse in the District of Columbia (D.C.) and the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

To demonstrate a collaborative effort between the state behavioral health entities, applicants must provide a letter of commitment from the state mental health authority (if applicable), in Attachment 4 of the application. If the SSA and the state mental health authority are one entity, a letter of commitment is not required.

SAMHSA believes the most effective way to accomplish the goals of this three year state-based grant program is to limit eligibility to these 17 states and D.C., due to the high concentration of individuals who experience chronic homelessness that reside in these states. In 2010, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) approved Opening Doors, a Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. One of the goals of this Strategic Plan is to achieve the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2015. SAMHSA is committed in the effort to achieve this and other goals in the Federal Strategic Plan.

Per HUD's 2012 point-in-time (PIT) information submitted by Continuums of Care exit disclaimer icon, of the total 99,894 chronic homeless persons in the nation, 78,714 (79 percent) were living in the abovementioned 17 states and D.C. In addition, out of the nation's 633,782 homeless people, 473,927 (74.78 percent) were also living in these 17 states and D.C. Furthermore, the 2012 PIT report highlighted that almost one half of all chronically homeless persons (44,736 people or 44.8 percent) were located in smaller cities, counties, and regional Continuums of Care within these 17 states and D.C.

In order to efficiently and effectively impact the goals of the USICH Strategic Plan, it is vital to target the states and communities that represent the highest percentage of chronic homelessness in this country. Limiting eligibility to states that are home to these high-need communities represents a targeted approach to achieve success.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $7,830,000 (Up to $7.28 Million or 93 percent from CSAT's Treatment Systems for Homeless and up to $550,000 or 7 percent from CMHS' Homelessness Prevention Program)
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 11
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $711,818 per year (up to $661,818 from CSAT's Treatment Systems for Homeless and up to $50,000 from CMHS' Homelessness Prevention Program)
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

II. AWARD INFORMATION Proposed budgets cannot exceed $711,818 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Note: Applicants may request up to $661,818 per year for three years from CSAT and up to $50,000 per year for three years from CMHS. The budget must include a separate column for the use of the CMHS funding. Grantees will be expected to track and report the CSAT and CMHS 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 an annualized Continuing Resolution as reduced by sequestration and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact

Michelle E. Daly, M.S.W.
Lead Public Health Advisor
Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, 5-1050
Rockville, MD  20857 (courier/overnight use 20850)
(240) 276-2789

For questions on management and budget issues contact:

Eileen Bermudez
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) 276-1412

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

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Last updated: 03/26/2013