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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans
Short Title:  Diversion and Trauma Recovery

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-08-009
Posting on March 13, 2008
Receipt date: May 8, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No
.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 8, 2008

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, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 for Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans grants.  The purpose of this program is to support local implementation and Statewide expansion of trauma-integrated jail diversion programs to reach the growing number of individuals with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma related disorders involved in the justice system.  In recognition of the dramatically higher prevalence of trauma related illnesses among veterans, this program will prioritize eligibility for veterans.    

With increasing numbers of combat veterans returning from duty overseas, there is growing concern that the community provide adequate supports to ensure their successful reintegration into American community life.  As many as 17 percent of them will develop PTSD and other mental illnesses .  For many returning veterans, PTSD and related disorders will go untreated, placing them at risk for involvement in the justice system.

This program will focus jail diversion programs on the underserved needs of veterans and others with PTSD involved in the justice system.  Secondly, the program will support States to pilot projects locally and to replicate them Statewide.  This two-pronged approach is necessary because diversion occurs locally in cities and counties where jails are operated and mental health services are delivered.  However, policies and funding at the State level dramatically impact those local operations and services.  The State approach will bring together government officials who develop and define State policies and funding with stakeholders who are impacted by the untreated trauma of veterans to develop knowledge dissemination and application strategies for the entire State

Diversion and Trauma Recovery grants are authorized under 520a of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders).


Eligible applicants are State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations.  Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN Tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives 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 American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities.  Consortia of tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.

Eligibility is limited because the implementation of community jail diversion and its expansion Statewide requires State and tribal level leadership, policy and regulatory authority, funding authority and collaboration across related State level departments and Tribes. 

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:


Anticipated Total Available Funding: Up to $2,475,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $412,500 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $412,500 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.

Applicants should be aware that funding for this program is not included in the FY 2009 President’s budget request, and funding beyond FY 2008 is not guaranteed.  SAMHSA is allowing applicants to submit proposals for four additional budget years for planning purposes and for technical assistance in sustainability activities.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

David Morrissette, Ph.D., LCSW
Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1010
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1912

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management     
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1085
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Download the complete Announcement No. SM-08-009

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You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 12/12/2008