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FY 2009 RFA Grant Application Information - Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery 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

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-09-004
Posting on March 3, 2009
Receipt date: April 28, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 28, 2009.
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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2009 for the Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans grants.  The purpose of this program is to support local implementation and State/Tribe-wide expansion of trauma-integrated jail diversion programs to address the needs of individuals with mental illness such as 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.    

As of April 2008, approximately 1.64 million men and women have been deployed to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in support of the Global War on Terror.  Individuals returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk for suffering post-traumatic stress and other related disorders.  Experts estimate that up to one-third of returning veterans will need mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and related services.  In addition, the family members of returning veterans have an increased need for related support services. 

The program will support States/Tribes to pilot projects locally, integrate them into an existing system of care and to replicate them State/Tribe-wide.  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/Tribe level dramatically impact those local operations and services.  The State/Tribe approach will bring together government officials who develop and define State/Tribe 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/Tribe.

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA’s services grants are designed to address gaps in mental health prevention and treatment services and/or to increase the ability of States, units of local government, American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, and community- and faith-based organizations to help specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging mental health problems.  SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award.  Service delivery should begin by the 12th month of the project at the latest.  

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery grants are authorized under 520G 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 the immediate office of the Chief Executive (e.g., Governor) in the States, Territories, District of Columbia; or the highest ranking official and/or the duly authorized official of a federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribe or tribal organization. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN American Indian/Alaska Native 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. The Chief Executive of the State, Territory, or District of Columbia, or the highest ranking official and/or the duly authorized official of the Tribal Organization must sign the application. Following the initial award, the Chief Executive or highest ranking official may delegate responsibility for the grant, including signatory authority for continuation applications, to a State Mental Health Agency.
Eligibility is limited to States, the District of Columbia, Territories and Tribes because the expansion of pilot jail diversion programs State/Tribe-wide requires State/Tribal level policy, funding and regulatory authority as well as the ability to convene state, territory, district, and/or tribal level departments.

States/Tribes awarded grants under RFA SM -08-009 are ineligible to apply to provide opportunity to other States/Tribes to pilot and expand jail diversion programs in their States/Tribes.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $2,366,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6 awards
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $394,000 per year

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $394,000 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 for this program is subject to the enactment of a final budget for FY 2009.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on potential funding scenarios that reflect early Congressional action on the SAMHSA appropriation but do not reflect final conference action on the 2009 budget.  Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to fully fund this program.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

David Morrissette, Ph.D. LCSW
Commander, USPHS
Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road Room 6-1011
Rockville, MD. 20857
Phone: 240-276-1960 Fax 240-276-1970

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.

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: 03/27/2009