Eligible applicants are statutorily limited to:
- States, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories health agencies with mental health and/or behavioral health functions;
- Indian tribe or tribal organization (the term ‘Indian tribe’ and ‘tribal organization’ are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.);
- Community-based primary care or behavioral health care organizations;
- Emergency departments; or
- Local public health agencies.
A tribe, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 1603(14), refers to any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C.A. § 1601 et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.
A tribal organization, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 1603(26), is the recognized governing body of any Indian tribe; any legally established organization of Indians 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 Indians in all phases of its activities: Provided, that in any case where a contract is let or grant made to an organization to perform services benefiting more than one Indian tribe, the approval of each such Indian tribe shall be a prerequisite to the letting or making of such contract or grant.
Note: SAMHSA released FY 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement SM-17-007 addressing suicide prevention entitled “Cooperative Agreements to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Short title: National Strategy Grants)”. Applicants who have submitted an application for National Strategy Grants may also apply for a Zero Suicide grant. However, an applicant organization may only receive one award: either a National Strategy grant or a Zero Suicide grant. If both applications are in the fundable range, applicants will receive the Zero Suicide award.