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SAMHSA News Release

Date: 12/30/2010 1:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA accepting applications for more than $45.9 million in state and tribal youth suicide prevention grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing the availability of up to $45.9 million in grants for cooperative agreements with state and tribal sponsored programs for preventing youth suicide. These grants will support states and tribes in developing and implementing public/private sector collaborative programs designed to help prevent youth suicides through such approaches as early intervention strategies. These efforts should involve a wide variety of youth-serving institutions including schools, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, and substance abuse and mental health programs.  

Grantees must address the needs of youth identified by the National Action Alliance for suicide Prevention as being at particular concern for suicide prevention: including, but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) youth, American Indian/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), military family members and veterans.

Authorized by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, recipients of the state and tribal youth suicide prevention grants will be able to:

  • 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 health, mental health, and substance abuse providers trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide
  • increase the number of youth accurately identified as at risk for suicide
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide referred for behavioral health care services
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services
  • increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The grants will be awarded to up to 32 grantees. Each grantee is projected to receive up to $480,000 each year for up to three years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and the progress made by the grantees. These grants are part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative to prevent substance abuse and mental illness.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are limited states, federally recognized tribes/tribal organization and private non-profit organizations designated by state and/or tribe/tribal organization.

[See Section III-1 of this RFA for complete eligibility information.]

HOW TO APPLY: You may request a complete application kit from SAMHSA at 1-877-SAMHSA7 [TDD: 1-800-487-4889].

You also may download the required documents from the SAMHSA Web site at

Additional materials available on this Web site include:  

  • a grant writing technical assistance manual for potential applicants;
  • standard terms and conditions for SAMHSA grants;
  • guidelines and policies that relate to SAMHSA grants (e.g., guidelines on cultural competence, consumer and family participation, and evaluation); and
  • a list of certifications and assurances referenced in item 21 of the SF 424 v2.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the current RFA.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: February 16, 2011

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  For questions about program issues contact: Michelle Carnes, Ph.D. at (240) 276-1096 or For questions on grants management and budget issues contact: Gwendolyn Simpson, at (240) 276-1408, or


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Last updated: 1/3/2011 7:49 AM

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