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Cooperative Agreement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Disaster Distress Helpline

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Short Title: Suicide Lifeline/DDH
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SM-21-005

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020

Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 09, 2021

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.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Cooperative Agreement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Disaster Distress Helpline. The purpose of this program is to: (1) manage, enhance, and strengthen the 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 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.


Domestic public and private non-profit entities.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $23,001,010 ($22,151,010 must be allocated for the Lifeline and $850,000 must be allocated for the DDH per year)

Anticipated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $23,001,010 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $23,001,010 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.

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