Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health

Short Title: 
Native Connections
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-16-010
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Application Due Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.243
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24.

The goals of this program fall within two of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, and Trauma and Justice. This program will help grantees reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and will foster culturally responsive models to reduce and respond to the impact of trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies. Native Connections 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.)

Native Connections grants are authorized under 520A and 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of AI/ANs 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 AI/ANs in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.

As the purpose of this program is to address trauma, prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use among AI/AN young people, SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to AI/AN tribes, tribal organizations and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$18,960,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
94
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $200,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to five years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $200,000 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

Dr. Michelle Carnes
Suicide Prevention Branch
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress & Special Programs 
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
240-276-1869  
michelle.carnes@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
240-276-1408
foacmhs@samhsa.hhs.gov

Last Updated: 04/19/2016