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Cooperative Agreement for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health

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Initial Announcement
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
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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 Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreement for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (Short Title: HBCU-CFE). The purpose of this program is to continue to enhance the effort to network the 105 HBCUs throughout the United States to promote behavioral health, expand campus service capacity, and facilitate workforce development. The HBCU-CFE seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served and trained by the program. The goals of the HBCU-CFE are to promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention; expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health resources; facilitate best practices dissemination and behavioral health workforce development; and increase awareness of the early signs of emotional distress and resources for early intervention.

SAMHSA has identified six Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. The HBCU-CFE program aims to achieve the goals of the Workforce Development Strategic Initiative by promoting behavioral health education and awareness at HBCU campuses around the country. This aligns with the Workforce Development Initiative’s goal of increasing the supply of trained and culturally aware preventionists, health care practitioners, paraprofessionals and peers to address the behavioral health needs of the nation.

The HBCU-CFE grant is authorized under sections 509 and 520(A) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligible applicants are the 105 nationally recognized HBCUs or a consortium of HBCUs with a lead college/university as the applicant. The recipient of the award will be the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.

The purpose of Executive Order 13532 is to “strengthen the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide the highest quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from federal programs, and ensure that our Nation has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.” The HBCU-CFE program responds to this Order by directing grant funds to the nationally recognized HBCUs, or a consortium of HBCUs, to promote behavioral health, facilitate best practices dissemination, and expand service capacity on HBCU campuses.

View a complete list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism
Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding
Anticipated Number of Awards
Anticipated Award Amount
Up to $500,000 for one year
Length of Project
One year
Cost Sharing/Match Required?

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for the proposed project.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2017 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Shannon Taitt
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Alexia Blyther
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

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Last Updated: 04/29/2020