Now Is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Youth

Short Title: 
NITT-MFP-Y
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-14-015
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Friday, April 11, 2014
Application Due Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 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 (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Now Is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (NITT- MFP-Y) grant program.  The NITT-MFP-Y is part of the President’s Plan, Now Is the Time, to increase access to mental health services for youth in America.  This program expands the focus of the current MFP program to support master’s level trained behavioral health providers in the fields of psychology, social work, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.  The purpose of this grant program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (aged 16 – 25) in an effort to increase access to, and quality of, behavioral health care for this age group.

The mental health and substance abuse needs of racial and ethnic minority communities within the United States have been historically underserved due to a  variety of factors including a limited number of trained professionals equipped with the language skills or cultural competency training  that impact effective services delivery to this population. In 1974, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the MFP to enhance the services to minority communities through specialized training of mental health professionals in psychiatry, nursing, social work, and psychology.  In 1992, SAMHSA was established, and the MFP was transferred from NIMH to CMHS in SAMHSA. Eligibility for this grant was expanded by Congress in FY 2007 to include a fifth professional association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

The 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided funding to allow SAMHSA to increase the pool of culturally competent mental health professionals by further expanding eligibility to professional counselors to participate in the program. Professional counselors are trained mental health professionals who deliver culturally appropriate behavioral health services to diverse populations.

The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, appropriated funding for this expansion of the MFP program to support behavioral health professionals available to address the behavioral health needs of at risk children, adolescent, and populations transitioning to adulthood (ages 16 – 25). 

SAMHSA has demonstrated that 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 people and emerging opportunities. More information is available at the SAMHSA website.

The NITT- MFP-Y seeks to address health disparities and the need to train providers by providing stipends, specialized training and mentoring supports to master’s level individuals who have demonstrated commitment in working in underserved communities and working with underserved populations post fellowship (See Appendix H of the RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities).

Minority Fellowship Program-Youth grants are authorized under Section 520A as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic area HP2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA. 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are the 4 organizations and the National Professional Counselor Organizations who have applied for funding under the MFP RFA No. SM-14-007.  Only one award will be made to a professional counselor organization and it will go to the organization receiving the MFP award. 

The purpose of this grant program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (ages- 16 – 25) in an effort to increase access to, and quality of, behavioral health care for this age group. 

In addition, this program is designed to expand on the existing Minority Fellowship program to support master’s level trained behavioral health providers in the fields of psychology, social work, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.  Therefore, SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to the ANA, APA, CSWE, AAMFT and a national professional counselor organization along with their affiliates, who   have applied for funding under the MFP RFA No. SM-14-007; and that have direct involvement in curriculum development, school accreditation, and pre-/post-doctoral training.  These organizations have the mechanism, databases, infrastructure, expertise, and experience in working directly with university training programs from which the pools of participants are selected. 

Professional counselor organizations applying for this award must have applied for funding under the MFP RFA No. SM-14-007.

All applicant professional counselor organizations must complete the Certificate of Eligibility (see Appendix I of the RFA) indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and has provided the necessary information as specified in the Certificate of Eligibility.  The Certificate of Eligibility should be included in Attachment 5 of the application.

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

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$2,661,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
5
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $532,200 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $532,200 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.

Contact Information
Program Issues

LCDR Monique Richards
Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 2-1116
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-0766
monique.richards@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: 01/15/2015