Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program

Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
SM-18-018
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Application Due Date: 
Friday, June 29, 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 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program.  Eligible children for services include children from birth to not more than 12 years of age, who are at risk for, show early signs of, or have been diagnosed with a mental illness including a serious emotional disturbance.  The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for these children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services, including: (1) programs for infants and children at significant risk of developing, showing early signs of, or having been diagnosed with a mental illness, including a serious emotional disturbance (SED) and/or symptoms that may be indicative of a developing SED in children with a history of in utero exposure to substances such as opioids, stimulants or other drugs that may impact development; and (2) multigenerational therapy and other services that strengthen positive caregiving relationships.  Programs funded under this FOA must be evidence-informed or evidence-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate.  SAMHSA expects this program will increase access to a full range of infant and early childhood services and build workforce capacity for individuals serving children from birth to age 12.  Programs must describe a pathway to sustainability and will be expected to develop a plan for the dissemination of the program to other sites and settings. 

Eligibility

Eligibility for this program is statutorily limited to a human services agency or non-profit institution that:

  • Employs licensed mental health professionals who have specialized training and experience in infant and early childhood assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; OR is accredited or approved by the appropriate State agency, as applicable, to provide for children, from birth to 12 years of age, mental health promotion, intervention, and/or treatment services; and
  • Provides infant and early childhood services or programs that are evidence-based or that have been scientifically demonstrated to show further promise but would benefit from further applied development.
Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$4,690,136
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
9
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $500,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 5 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
Yes

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Funding estimates for this announcement are based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.  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.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Jennifer A. Oppenheim, Psy.D.
Mental Health Promotion Branch
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs/SAMHSA
(240) 276-1862
Jennifer.Oppenheim@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: 05/29/2018