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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SM-16-003

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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 the fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) grant.  The purpose of the NCCTS is to develop and maintain a collaborative network structure, support resource and policy development and dissemination, and coordinate the network’s national child trauma education and training efforts.

The NCCTS is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI).  The purpose of NCTSI is to improve the quality of trauma treatment and services in communities for children, adolescents, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events, and to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents throughout the nation.  The initiative is designed to address child trauma issues by creating a national network of grantees—the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) or Network—that works collaboratively to develop and promote effective trauma treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their families exposed to a wide array of traumatic events.

The NCTSN is composed of three types of centers:

  • The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) - (Category I) develops and maintains the collaborative network structure, supports resource development and dissemination, and coordinates the Network’s national child trauma education and training efforts. 
  • The Treatment and Service Adaptation Centers - (Category II) provide national expertise and assume responsibility in the Network for specific areas of trauma, such as specific types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems, and support the development and adaptation of effective trauma treatments and services for children, adolescents, and their families that can be implemented throughout the nation.
  • The Community Treatment and Services Centers - (Category III) are primarily service programs that implement and evaluate effective treatment and services in community settings and youth-serving service systems and collaborate with other NCTSN centers on clinical issues, service approaches, and policy, financing, and training issues.

The NCCTS 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.  (See PART II:  Appendix F – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

Children of deployed military personnel have more school, family, and peer-related emotional difficulties in comparison to national samples.  Therefore, SAMHSA has identified military families as a priority population under this funding opportunity.

The NCCTS is authorized under Section 582 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.  For example:

•       State and local governments

•       Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations

•       Urban Indian organizations

•       Public or private universities and colleges

•       Community- and faith-based organizations

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.  Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.  

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $6,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $6,000,000

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $6 million in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Applicants must submit two separate budgets:  one for the NCCTS ($5 million) and one for the Core Data Set Reporting and Analysis ($1 million).  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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