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COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants

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Short Title
COVID-19 ERSP
Initial Announcement

CLOSED

SAMHSA has shortened the application timeline due to the acute need in many areas for immediate funding. If SAMHSA does not receive applications for the full funding amount available within this timeframe, the application period will be extended. Each entity will only receive one award from this announcement. Funds will be distributed on a rolling basis.

In addition, applicants are required to ensure their application is error-free by the due date and time. Applications will be returned to address errors but all applications must be error-free and submitted by the deadline to be considered. Please closely review Appendix A, especially 5.1 and 5.2, for more information.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
NOFO Number
FG-20-007
Posted on Grants.gov
Application Due Date
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number
93.665
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) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention (Short Title: COVID-19 ERSP) grants. SAMHSA recognizes there are currently 57.8 million Americans living with mental and/or substance use disorders (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018). Currently, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in our nation. The current national COVID-19 crisis will certainly contribute to the growth in the number of Americans needing urgent care to address mental health needs, including suicidality. Americans across the country will struggle with increases in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, isolation, loss of employment, financial instability and other challenges, which can lead to suicide and suicide attempts. The purpose of this program is to support states and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the U.S.

SAMHSA recognizes the serious concerns for domestic violence victims that are posed by mass stay-at-home and quarantine orders. Under normal circumstances, domestic violence can lead to situations of increased stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. These are all contributing factors to risk for suicide if unaddressed. Current conditions exacerbate this situation for domestic violence victims. Given the unique situation for these particular individuals, SAMHSA is requiring that a minimum of 25 percent of direct services funding be used to support this population. This must be clearly identified in the budget narrative and justification.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • State government agencies, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. The State mental health agency or the State health agency with mental or behavioral health functions should be the lead for the ERSP grant.
  • Community-based primary care or behavioral healthcare organizations.
  • Public health agencies.
  • Community-based service providers able to meet psychiatric and psychosocial needs of clients including, for example, shelters for victims of domestic violence, clubhouse-type facilities.
  • Emergency departments.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

See Section III-1 for full eligibility requirements.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding
$40,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards
50
Anticipated Award Amount
Up to $800,000 for 16 months
Length of Project
16 months
Cost Sharing/Match Required?
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $800,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for the proposed project.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Beverly Vayhinger
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-0564
beverly.vayhinger@samhsa.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Corey Sullivan
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1213
FOACMHS@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Updated

Last Updated: 08/04/2021