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FY 2010 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

National Technical Assistance Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Cooperative Agreement

(Short Title: NTAC)

The application deadline has been extended to Feb 19, 2010

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-10-006
Posting on December 2, 2009
Original Receipt date: February 10, 2010
Extended Receipt date: February 19, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by February 10, 2010

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 the (FY) 2010 National Technical Assistance Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Cooperative Agreement (NTAC).  The purpose of this program is to serve as a resource and training center to increase the effectiveness of mental health services for children, adolescents and young adults and their families in States, counties, Tribes and Territories.  The NTAC will provide technical assistance on systems of care development, implementation, sustainability and related policy issues to current and previously funded grantees of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI).  The NTAC will also provide technical assistance to grantees in the State/Community Partnerships to Integrate Services for Youth and Young Adults 16-25 with Serious Mental Health Conditions and Their Families Program (Healthy Transitions Initiative).

Children’s mental health is a public health concern. There is a high prevalence of mental health challenges in children with about 10% of children having a serious emotional disturbance, and 20% of children having a diagnosable mental disorder. The onset for 50% of adult mental health challenges is by age 14, and this number rises to 75% by age 24; yet limited resources are devoted to children and their families. There is also a high rate of suicide and depression in young people, with suicide being the third leading cause of death in individuals in the 15-24 year age group, and approximately one in five adolescents and young adult students having suicidal ideation every year.

Since the concept of systems of care for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances was first introduced, there has been significant growth in such systems throughout the country. Increasingly, research and evaluation studies from the CMHI have indicated that children, youth and families benefit from participating in these programs. Improvement has been demonstrated in emotional well-being and behavioral functioning, school performance, reduced contacts with law enforcement, and reduced use of inpatient care. Despite the progress that has been made, many counties across American have yet to benefit from implementing a system of care. Since its inception, the CMHI has impacted nearly 22% of the nation’s 3,177 counties, parishes, boroughs, independent cities, geographical census areas, geographical regions and the District of Columbia, and has served over 90,000 children and youth. Grants have also been awarded to 15 Federally recognized Indian Tribes. Given the demonstrated effectiveness of systems of care as one important part of a multi-faceted approach to improving services and systems for youth and their families, and given the absence of such systems of care in many communities, an important next step is to expand the reach of systems of care by bringing them to scale so that they exist in every county and Tribe throughout the country.

The NTAC is one of SAMHSA’s infrastructure grant programs.  SAMHSA’s Infrastructure Grants support an array of activities to help the grantee build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective mental health services.  SAMHSA recognizes that each applicant will start from a unique point in developing infrastructure and will serve populations/communities with specific needs.  Awardees may pursue diverse strategies and methods to achieve their infrastructure development and capacity expansion goals.  Successful 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 infrastructure development strategies that meet those needs.  The plan put forward in the grant application must show the linkages among needs, the proposed infrastructure development strategy, and increased system capacity that will enhance and sustain effective programs and services. 

As of February 2009, approximately 1.89 million men and women have been deployed to serve in support of overseas contingency operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  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 NTAC grant is authorized under Sections 520A and 561 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 18 (Mental Health and Mental Disorders). 


Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit 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: $3,500,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $3,500,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $3,500,000 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. 

This program is being announced prior to the appropriation for FY 2010 for SAMHSA’s programs, with funding estimates based on the President’s budget request for FY 2010.  Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated
for FY 2010 to permit funding of this National Technical Assistance Center.  All applicants are reminded, however, that we cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to permit SAMHSA to fund any applications.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Michele Herman
Child, Adolescent and Family Branch
Division of Service and Systems Improvement
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1041
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1924

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:





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: 02/12/2010