Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program

Short Title: 
System of Care Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements
Initial Announcement
Request for Applications (RFA) Information
RFA Number: 
SM-14-002
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Application Due Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.104
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.
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements) grants.  The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. 

This program supports the operation, expansion, and integration of SOC through the creation of sustainable infrastructure which allows for the provision of and access to required services and supports that adhere to the values, principles, and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children’s mental health services are delivered throughout the nation. 

This cooperative agreement is intended to support the availability and provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children and youth with emotional disturbances along with the implementation of systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development, and other areas that are necessary for expanding and sustaining the system of care approach, and to accomplish these goals through linkages with other health reform implementation efforts.  

The goal of the SOC Expansion Implementation cooperative agreements is to build upon progress made in developing comprehensive strategic plans to expand and sustain the SOC values and principles to address children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.  SAMHSA expects that these grants will help facilitate wide scale adoption and operation of the SOC framework (across large geographic regions such as those represented by states, tribes, and territories) and increase State Medicaid and other third party reimbursement for the SOC spectrum of services and supports.

Applicants are expected to implement plans to create comprehensive and sustainable policies, infrastructure, required services and supports consistent with the requirements authorized under Sections 561-565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

The SOC Expansion Implementation cooperative agreements closely align with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support, Trauma and Justice, and Health Reform Strategic Initiatives by focusing resources on reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American communities and addressing the behavioral health impacts of trauma through a systematic public health approach.  

The SOC Expansion Implementation Grant 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 6th month of the project at the latest.

The SOC Expansion Implementation grants are authorized under Sections 561-565 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

Eligibility for this program is statutorily limited to public entities such as:

State governments; Indian or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4[b] and Section 4[c] of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act); governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town; District of Columbia government; and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands).

 

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives 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 American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities.  Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. 

Entities that are currently funded under the Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families (System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements), RFA# SM-12-003 are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement (Appendix L of the RFA).  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$23,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
23
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $1,000,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
Yes

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $1,000,000 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 an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2014 appropriation.  Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Diane Sondheimer, Deputy Branch Chief
Division of Service and Systems Improvement, Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1043
Rockville, MD  20857
240-276-1922
diane.sondheimer@samhsa.hhs.gov

Gary Blau, Branch Chief
Division of Service and Systems Improvement, Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1045
Rockville, MD  20857
240-276-1921
gary.blau@samhsa.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

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

Last Updated: 12/02/2014