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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SM-15-011

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Application Due Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

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.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (Short Title:  Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers) grants.  The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to promote consumer-directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses.  Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery, promote access to treatment, and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization.  The entities responsible for providing technical assistance for this program may be either consumer or consumer supporter organizations. (See Appendix III of the RFA for Definition of Consumer and Consumer Supporter Organizations.)

The primary recipients of the Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers’ technical assistance activities will be consumers, consumer organizations, or consumer supporter organizations.  Additionally, Consumer and Consumer Supporter TA Centers will provide technical assistance in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions with a focus on those states where consumer organizations and leadership are underdeveloped.  In addition, technical assistance may also be provided to state mental health systems serving adults with serious mental illnesses, service providers, and the general public. 

The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served.

The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including faith-based organizations, which meet the criteria for consumer or consumer supporter organizations (See Appendix III of the RFA for definition) and the following requirements:

  • Applicant organizations must have been in operation for a minimum of thirteen (13) months prior to submission of application.
  • An applicant must complete the Certification of Consumer and Consumer Supporter Organization Eligibility (see Appendix III), indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements.  Applicants must complete and sign a Certification of Eligibility and provide necessary supportive documentation.

SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to consumer/consumer supporter organizations due to the specialized expertise of these organizations and the requirements of the grant.  These Technical Assistance Centers are based on the principle that individuals who have a serious mental illness and have shared similar experiences or those who support them, are uniquely qualified to help each other by providing an array of sustaining effective health services that promote recovery and person directed systems and supports by preventing and treating people with serious mental illness.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $1,805,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 5 – 3 consumer organizations and 2 consumer supporter organizations

Anticipated Award Amount: $335,600

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $335,600 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.

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