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Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative

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Short Title: SPF-PFS
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Modified 3/20/14 : At their discretion, states/tribes may use SPF-PFS funds to target an additional, data-driven prevention priority (e.g., marijuana, heroin) in their state/tribe. (See pages 6, 12, and 27.)

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SP-14-004

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014

Application Due Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372):

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination:


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative grants (SPF-PFS.  This program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

The SPF-PFS program is also intended to bring SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale.  These awards provide an opportunity for states, U.S. Territories, Pacific Jurisdictions and the District of Columbia (referred to herein as “states”) and tribal entities that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and are not currently receiving funding through SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grants to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state/tribal and community levels.  Equally important, the SPF-PFS program promotes the alignment and leveraging of prevention resources and priorities at the federal, state, and community levels.

The SPF-PFS program builds upon the experience and established SPF-based prevention infrastructures of states/tribes to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities in communities of high need.  The program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state/tribal level.  By working together to foster change, states/tribes and their SPF-PFS funded communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance abuse prevention priorities and achieve the goals of the SPF-PFS program.

The SPF-PFS program supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative #1 (SI #1): Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. 

SPF-PFS grants are authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligibility is limited to states (including U.S. Territories, Pacific Jurisdictions and the District of Columbia) and tribal entities that have completed a SPF SIG grant and are not currently receiving funds through SAMHSA’s Partnerships for Success (PFS) grant.  SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to these entities because they have the greatest likelihood of achieving success through the SPF-PFS grant program.  Only these entities have the requisite experience and background critical to the success of the SPF-PFS State and Tribal Initiative: 1) an established state infrastructure and system in place--rooted in both the SABG and the SPF prevention model—that allows them to quickly build capacity in communities of need, mobilize those communities, and ensure accurate data collection and reporting at the community level; 2) integration of the SPF-based process into their overall state and tribal prevention systems, ensuring a strong, data-driven focus on identifying, selecting and implementing effective, evidence-based prevention programs, policies and practices; 3) experience in working collaboratively with communities to achieve substance abuse prevention goals; 4) familiarity and experience with the alignment of behavioral health with primary prevention; and 5) a history of building comprehensive, state- and tribal-level prevention systems over time.  Current PFS grantees are excluded from applying for the SPF-PFS State and Tribal Initiative because they already have the resources in place to support the SPF infrastructure and address their areas of highest need, which can include underage drinking or prescription drug misuse and abuse.

In FYs 2012 and 2013, SAMHSA limited SPF-PFS eligibility to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) recipients since the SPF-PFS requires grantees to leverage, redirect and/or realign prevention funds and resources, including the prevention set-aside of the SABG, at the state and community levels to support SPF-PFS goals. In FY 2014, SAMHSA is opening competition to the remaining states to have a greater impact on national indicators and to expand eligibility to tribes in order to impact underage drinking and prescription drug abuse rates for these specific targeted populations. 

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $47 million

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 34

Anticipated Award Amount: From $305,000 to $2,016,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

SAMHSA will award up to 34 5-year grants.  Proposed annual budgets cannot exceed the highest tier ceiling amount of $2,016,000 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.

Funding estimates for this announcement are subject to the availability of funds. 

Awards for the SPF-PFS program will be tiered and are based on a set of standard criteria that account for the following with respect to eligible states and jurisdictions: a) prevalence rates of underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20 in eligible states; b) prevalence rates of nonmedical use of pain relievers among persons aged 12 to 25 in eligible states; and c) average costs of delivering alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services.  Tiered amounts for eligible tribal entities are based on population size.  [See Section III of the RFA — Eligibility Information.]

Prevalence data are based on state level estimates from the 2010-2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  Average costs of delivering services are equivalent to the Cost of Service Index used for the SABG.  Where NSDUH data are not available (i.e., for U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions), those applicants are included in the Tier 3B funding range.

Table 2 identifies the award tiers, the award amounts, and the states, Territories, Pacific Jurisdictions and tribal entities eligible to apply for each tier.

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