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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention
(Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants)

(Initial Announcement)

 

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-08-015
Posting on Grants.gov: February 20, 2008
Receipt date: April 22, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 22, 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 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants).  The purpose of this program is to build on the foundation of prior suicide prevention efforts in order to support States and tribes in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration.  Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations.

State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (Section 520E-2 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended).  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders).

Eligibility

Eligibility for SAMHSA’s State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program is limited to:

  1. States.
  2. Federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act), or urban Indian organizations (as defined in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act) that are actively involved in the development and continuation of a tribal youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategy.
  3. Public or private non-profit organizations designated by a State, federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization, or urban Indian organization, to develop or direct the State/tribal-sponsored youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategy.

The Public Health Service Act defines the term “State” to also include the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Only grantee institutions that received SAMHSA State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Grants in 2005 are eligible to apply for these awards.  

No single State agency is mandated to be the lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program grants, as States differ in which State agency has taken the lead for suicide prevention (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health).  Where States have a plan that designates a lead agency, that agency should act as the lead or should designate an alternative lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program.  If the State plan does not designate a lead agency, justify the selection of the lead agency for this application.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:

Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $9 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 18
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $500,000

Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $500,000 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.

Cooperative Agreement

These awards are being made as cooperative agreements because they require substantial post-award Federal programmatic participation in the conduct of the project.  Under this cooperative agreement, the roles and responsibilities of grantees and SAMHSA staff are:

Role of Grantee

The role of the grantee is to comply with the terms of the award and all cooperative agreement rules and regulations, and satisfactorily perform activities to achieve the goals described below:

  • Seek SAMHSA approval for key positions to be filled.  Key positions include, but are not limited to, project director and evaluation director;
  • Consult with and accept guidance from SAMHSA staff on performance of programmatic and data collection activities to achieve goals of the cooperative agreement;
  • Maintain ongoing communication with SAMHSA, keeping Federal program staff informed of emerging issues, developments, and problems, as appropriate;
  • Invite the GPO to participate, as needed, on policy, steering, advisory or other task forces; and
  • Maintain ongoing collaboration with the Evaluation Contractor and with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Role of SAMHSA Staff

  • Maintain overall responsibility for monitoring the implementation and progress of the State/Tribal suicide prevention program;
  • Approve proposed key positions/personnel;
  • Facilitate linkages to other SAMHSA/Federal government resources and help grantees access appropriate technical assistance;
  • Assure that State/tribe’s youth suicide prevention and early intervention projects are responsive to SAMHSA’s mission, including implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention;
  • Monitor development and collection of process and outcome measures;
  • Ensure compliance with Government Performance and Results Act;
  • Promote collaboration with other SAMHSA and Federal health and behavioral health initiatives, including the Community Mental Health Services and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant programs;
  • Provide technical assistance on sustainability issues; and
  • Make recommendations regarding continued funding.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Tarsha Wilson, M.S.W.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1138
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1748
tarsha.wilson@samhsa.hhs.gov

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
gwendolyn.simpson@samhsa.hhs.gov

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-08-015

MS Word Format Download RFA in MS Word format
PDF Format Download RFA in Adobe PDF format

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