Statewide Family Network Program

Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-16-004
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Application Due Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 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.
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Statewide Family Network Program grants. The purpose of this program is to enhance state capacity and infrastructure to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families by providing information, referrals, and support to families who have a child, youth, or adolescent with mental health challenges, and to create a mechanism for families to participate in state and local mental health services planning and policy development.

By strengthening the knowledge and capacity of families with children who have mental health challenges to act as agents of transformation in influencing the type and amount of services provided to them and their children, SAMHSA expects to enhance services and systems, improvement outcomes, and mental health care that is family-driven and youth-guided.

The Statewide Family Network Program builds on the work of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, which helped to establish a child and family focus in programs serving children and adolescents with mental health challenges around the country.  Today, nearly every state has active family organizations dedicated to promoting systems of care that are responsive to the needs of children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families. Although significant progress has been made, further support will ensure self-sufficient, empowered networks that will effectively participate in state and local mental health services planning and behavioral health service planning activities related to improving community-based services for children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families.

SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders.  Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the nation’s health.  To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified six Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.  The Statewide Family Network Program closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.

The Statewide Family Network 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.)

The Statewide Family Network Program 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 HP2020-MHMD.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are family-controlled[1] domestic public and private nonprofit organizations in states, territories, and tribes.  SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to family-controlled organizations to strengthen the capacity of families with children who have serious emotional disturbance to act as agents of transformation in influencing the type and amount of services provided to them and their children and to ensure their mental health care is family driven and youth guided.

Family-controlled organizations must meet the following requirements:

 

  • An applicant must complete the Certification of Eligibility (see Appendix II of the FOA) indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and include necessary supporting documentation.

SAMHSA will make one award per state, territory, and tribe and is limiting eligibility to applicants in states, territories, and tribes that do not have a currently funded Statewide Family Network grant.  Tribes, regardless of location, are eligible to apply providing they do not have a currently funded grant.

 

A list of states with a currently funded Statewide Family Grant can be found in Appendix III of the FOA.

 

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any American Indian/Alaska Native 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.

 

[1] A family-controlled organization is an independent, free-standing organization (NOT acting under an umbrella organization) that has a board of directors made up of more than 50 percent family members who have primary daily responsibility for the raising of a child, youth, adolescent, or young adult with a serious emotional disturbance up to age 18, or 21 if the adolescent is being served by an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), or age 26 if the young adult is being served by an Individual Service Plan (ISP) in transition to the adult mental health system.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$1,995,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
21
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $95,000
Length of Project: 
Up to 3 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $95,000 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.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Elizabeth Sweet
Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1052
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1925
elizabeth.sweet@samhsa.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408
FOACMHS@samhsa.hhs.gov

Application Materials

You must respond to the requirements in both the FOA PART I and PART II when preparing your application.

Useful Information for Applicants

Last Updated: 11/17/2015