FY 2003 Grant Opportunity

Application Information:

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

State Emergency Response Capacity

Guidance for Applicants (GFA) No. SM 03-001

Federal Register Notice: August 22, 2002
Receipt date: October 22, 2002


SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and Center for Mental Health Services announce the availability of Fiscal Year 2003 funds for up to 40 grants for States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribes, and consortia of Indian tribes.

The purpose of this targeted capacity expansion program is to enhance State-level capacity for a coordinated response to mental health and substance abuse service needs in the aftermath of large-scale emergencies (both natural and human-caused). Incident response plans and response infrastructure developed under the grant must include both mental health and substance abuse agencies and must focus on coordinated mental health and substance abuse emergency planning and capacity development activities.

SAMHSA will provide extensive technical assistance to grantees in needs assessment, planning, and development of command and response systems.  It is anticipated that guidance materials and a multi-State planning conference will be provided for grantees.  In addition, individual State requests for technical assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Approximately $4,000,000 will be available for up to 40 awards.  Annual awards must be for less than $100,000 in total costs (direct and indirect). Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.

Awards may be requested for up to 2 years.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds and progress achieved.

Who Can Apply:

States, Indian Tribes, and consortia of Indian tribes may apply.  As defined in the Public health Service (PHS) Act, the term "State" includes all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. 

State mental health and substance abuse authorities must apply in partnership.  In States, territories, or tribal governments with administratively separate mental health and substance abuse authorities, a lead agency must be designated for grant purposes. 

SAMHSA has limited eligibility to States and Indian tribes, because these governmental units have a mandated oversight role in mental health, substance abuse, and emergency management activities.   

Additional Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Seth Hassett, M.S.W.
ublic health Advisor
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-20
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-4735
E-mail: shassett@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on cooperative agreement management issues, contact:

Stephen Hudak
Division of Grants Management, OPS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-103
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-9666
E-Mail: shudak@samhsa.hhs.gov

SAMHSA applications consist of three parts:
1. "Part I: Programmatic Guidance" of the Guidance for Applicants (GFA)
provides details about the specific program. 

Click here to download Part I of this GFA in Microsoft Word.

"Plain Language" format

Click here to download Part I of this GFA in Adobe Acrobat.

"Plain Language" format

2. "GFA Part II" gives standard provisions for SAMHSA applications.  However, not all GFAs require Part II.  The latest edition of Part II is always available by mail or for electronic downloading from this website. 

GFA Part II is required for this GFA; click here for more information and to download a copy of the file.

 3. SAMHSA applications require forms PHS 5161 and SF-424.  These forms are available online from the Program Support Center of the U.S. Department of health & Human Services. 

Click here to download Forms PHS 5161 and SF-424


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


For a printed copy of the grant announcement, including copies of all necessary forms, call National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI): 

  • 800-729-6686

  • 800-487-4889 TDD

or e-mail: info@health.org


This page was last updated on 23 August, 2002
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