Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Lifelines and Disaster Distress Helpline

Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-18-001
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Application Due Date: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
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 (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and the Disaster Distress Helpline.  The purpose is to: (1) manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) that routes individuals in the United States to a network of certified crisis centers that links to local emergency, mental health, and social services resources; and (2) support the National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) to assist residents in the United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress resulting from disasters and traumatic events.  It is expected that this program will increase service capacity and improve behavioral health outcomes by preventing death or injury as a result of suicide and suicide attempts and assisting individuals and communities recover from disasters and traumatic events by providing community-based behavioral health outreach, referral to and engagement with treatment as necessary, and psycho-educational services.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State governments, including the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city, or town.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
  • Public or private universities and colleges.
  • Community- and faith-based organizations.

Tribal organization means the recognized governing body of any Indian tribe, or 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. 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.

Urban Indian Organization (UIO) (as identified by the Office of Indian Health Service Urban Indian Health Programs through active Title V grants/contracts) means a non-profit corporate body situated in an urban center governed by an urban Indian-controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Individuals and groups, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities described in 503(a) of 25 U .S.C. § 1603. UIOs are not tribes or tribal governments and do not have the same consultation rights or trust relationship with the federal government.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$6,130,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
1 (one)
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $6,130,000 per year ($5,302,000 for Lifeline and $828,000 for DDH)
Length of Project: 
Up to 3 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $6,130,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. The proposed budget must include a separate column for the use of Lifeline funds (not to exceed $5,302,000) and a separate column for the use of DDH funds (not to exceed $828,000).  The Lifeline/DDH expenses must be clearly delineated in your proposed budget.

Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2018 appropriation.  Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information
Program Issues

James Wright, LCPC
Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA
James.wright@samhsa.hhs.gov
240-276-1854

 

Jamie Seligman, MSW
Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA
Jamie.seligman@samhsa.hhs.gov
240-276-1855

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: 12/06/2017