FY 2009 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Training and Technical Assistance Center for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration
 (Short Title: TTA-PBHCI)

(Initial Announcement)

 

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-09-012
Posting on Grants.gov: March 27, 2009
Receipt date: May 27, 2009
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 27, 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.

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) 2009 for the Training and Technical Assistance Center for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (TTA-PBHCI) grant.  The purpose of this program is to support the grantees for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) program.  The TTA Center will provide an array of technical assistance services that will improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of PBHCI grantee sites.  

The purpose of PBHCI is to improve the physical health status of people with serious mental illnesses by supporting communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded community mental health and other community-based behavioral health settings.  The population of focus for the PBHCI grant program is individuals with serious mental illness served in the public mental health system.  The overarching goal of the PBHCI grant program is to address the disproportionate rates of early mortality among people with serious mental illnesses by making available routine primary care in community mental health and other community-based behavioral health settings. SAMHSA expects that people with serious mental disorders will show improvement in their physical health status as a result of this program.  PBHCI supports SAMHSA’s Pledge for Wellness 10 by 10 Campaign to promote wellness for people with mental illnesses and reduce early mortality by 10 years over the next 10 year time period.  The TTA-PBHCI overall goal is to assist the PBCHI grantees in achieving their programmatic goals and outcomes.

The TTA-PBHCI grant will provide an array of training and technical assistance services to help PBHCI grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective integrated primary care screening, assessment, treatment, and referral services.  SAMHSA recognizes that each PBHCI grantee will start from a unique point with regards to training and technical assistance needs.  PBHCI awardees may pursue diverse strategies and methods to achieve their integration development and capacity expansion goals.  Successful PBHCI applicants will provide a coherent and detailed conceptual “roadmap” of the process by which they have assessed or intend to assess service system needs and plan/implement integration strategies that meet those needs.  The plan put forward in the PBHCI grant application must show the linkages among needs, the proposed integrated care development strategy, and increased system capacity that will enhance and sustain effective programs and services.  The purpose of the TTA-PBHCI is to assist the PBHCI grantees to effectively build and implement their programs by providing needed training and technical assistance.

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.  To address these concerns, SAMHSA strongly encourages all applicants to consider the unique needs of returning veterans and their families in developing their proposed project. 

The TTA-PBHCI grant is authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus areas 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders) and 26 (Substance Abuse).

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities; applications are particularly encouraged from national entities.  For example, State and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges; and community- and faith-based organizations may apply. 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.  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism:

Cooperative Agreement

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $900,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $900,000 per year

Length of Project Period:

Up to 4 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $900,000 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.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Christopher Carroll
Office of the Director
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1059
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1765
christopher.carroll@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.

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