Grant Opportunities

Application Information:

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) GFA SM-02-003

Partnerships for Youth Transition

Questions and Answers

Note: The answers below indicate what is or is not allowable in an application. Decisions about which projects will be funded, however, rest heavily on a peer review process. We cannot predict how the peer review group will react to specific aspects of applications. Therefore, even though a specific aspect of the application may be allowable, the peer review group could still rate it as a negative aspect of the application taken as a whole. You need to convince the review group that possibly negative aspects will not prohibit you from producing a high-quality program during the given grant period.

General Questions

Q: Does the specific location where the program will be implemented have to be identified? Our State has multiple locations that are interested, but we don't have time to select the exact locations before applying.

A: No. The specific location does not have to be identified prior to applying.

Who Can Apply?

Q: Can a consortium of States apply?

A: No. The applicant must be a State or a political sub-division of a State, as defined on p. 4 of the grant announcement. If a consortium of States wishes to apply, then a single State should be designated as the lead applicant. Other States can be included as partners in the strategic planning process to be described in the application.

Target Population

Q: My program focuses on identifying and treating youth with newly emerging mental illnesses in an effort to prevent diagnosable serious mental illness from developing. Although these youth have prodromal signs of psychiatric disorder, they do not yet warrant a full diagnosis at the point at which we see them. Is this group part of the target population for the program?

A: Yes. The grant announcement specifies that the target population includes "youth with newly emerging serious mental illnesses" (p. 9). In order for an "early intervention" population to be included, the youth being served must be 14-25 years old. In addition, your application must demonstrate, through citation of the literature or previously collected data, that the signs used to identify the population are consistently linked, if left untreated, to the imminent emergence of diagnosable serious mental illness. The population must already be showing early signs of serious mental illness and not simply "at risk" for the development of mental illness based on statistical probabilities. For example, although substance abuse may be a risk factor for mental illness, interventions targeted toward youth who abuse substances generally would NOT be included unless those youth are also already showing clear signs of mental illness that have been documented as prognostic in the literature. In contrast, a program serving youth who have early signs of schizophrenia but for whom the symptoms exhibited do not yet rise to the level required for diagnosis in terms of duration, severity, or number would be eligible.

Q: Can the population served be a subset of the target population described in the grant announcement? For example, can my program focus just on youth with serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illnesses who are in the criminal justice system or the welfare system?

A: Yes. The population may be limited to youth within a particular setting. Youth with multiple disabilities should not be excluded from the population (p. 9). All of the services described on p. 10 of the grant announcement and all of the partner organizations listed on p. 11 should be included, regardless of any limitations in the setting from which the population is drawn.

Specifications of Model Comprehensive Youth Transition Programs

Q: Can the program focus on a single aspect of youth transition, such as supported education or employment?

A: No. The youth transition program can focus more on one aspect of youth transition than another, but the model must be comprehensive in nature and should include all of the services listed on p. 10 of the grant announcement. Applications may focus on adding specific services to existing programs in order to make them more comprehensive in nature.

Application Receipt Date: April 11, 2002


For further information on these forms and the application process, see Information on the Grant Application Process.


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