PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (PPHF-2014)

Short Title: 
State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements
Initial Announcement
Request for Applications (RFA) Information
RFA Number: 
SM-14-008
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
Application Due Date: 
Monday, May 19, 2014
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.243
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) PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements) (PPHF-2014).  The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) 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, and other child and youth supporting organizations.

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

  • Increase the number of persons in youth-serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, and juvenile justice programs, trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide
  • Increase the number of clinical service providers (including those working in health, mental health, and substance abuse) trained to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk for suicide
  • Improve continuity of care and follow-up of youth identified at risk for suicide discharged from emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units
  • Increase the identification of risk, referral and utilization of behavioral health care services
  • Increase the promotion and utilization of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Comprehensively implement applicable sections of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention to reduce rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide deaths in their communities

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 align with SAMHSA’s Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative. More information is available at: beta.samhsa.gov/about-us. 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 AI/AN, as well as the expected impact on behavioral health disparities. (See Appendix J of the RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

The Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under Section 520E of the Public Health Service Act, as amended and are financed in part by 2014 Prevention and Public Health funds (PPHF-2014).  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD. 

The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements Program 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.  SAMHSA expects grantees to work collaboratively with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

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

No single state agency is mandated to be the lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program 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 State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program.  If the state plan does not designate a lead agency, justify the selection of the lead agency for this application.  Although only one agency should be the lead, inclusion of all youth-serving agencies is expected. 

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

States and/or tribes who have been previous recipients of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program award who do not currently have a grant are eligible but are required to address how this grant award will build on and/or expand the work of the earlier grant awards and not simply continue what was done previously.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$17,707,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
24
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $736,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 5 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $736,000 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.  This program is financed in part by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014).

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Michelle Carnes, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services; Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs; Suicide Prevention Branch
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1074
Rockville, Maryland 20857
240-276-1869
michelle.carnes@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

Application Materials

You must respond to the requirements in both the RFA PART I and PART II when preparing your application.

Useful Information for Applicants

Last Updated: 12/02/2014