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.
Note: Public entities that are currently receiving funds under the Implementation Cooperative Agreements for the Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (System of Care Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements), RFA SM-12-003 and RFA SM-14-002, are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement. State governments, Indian or tribal organizations; and Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state which have already received one of the grants are not eligible to apply.
Eligible State applicants for this grant may not choose local jurisdictions that have received an implementation expansion grant previously. If a state applicant submits an application with a local jurisdiction that is already a grantee, this application will be screened out.
Indian or tribal organizations, and governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, may apply as long as they have not received this grant previously.
If a state applicant identifies a local jurisdiction that has also submitted a separate application, SAMHSA will score both. The highest priority scored application will be awarded should both applications be in the fundable range.
SAMHSA is limiting eligibility in order to expand the number of states, jurisdictions and localities within a state, political subdivision, tribe, tribal organization or territory that wish to adopt and expand the SOC approach.
See Appendix II of the RFA for a list of ineligible entities.