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FY 2006 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Networking and Certifying Suicide Prevention Hotlines

(Initial Announcement)

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-06-007
Posting to Grants.gov: March 8, 2006
Receipt date: May 2, 2006
Announcement Type: New

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

 

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 2, 2006.

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Letters from 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.

Under the authority of 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of funds to expand/enhance grant activities funded under the Grant for Networking and Certifying Suicide Prevention Hotlines grant announcement.

The purpose of the Networking and Certifying Suicide Prevention Hotlines grant program is to manage the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a single toll-free telephone number (1-800-273-TALK) that routes calls from anywhere in the United States to a network of certified local crisis centers that can link callers to local emergency, mental health, and social service resources. The technology permits calls to be directed immediately to a suicide prevention worker who is geographically convenient to the caller. The Lifeline has developed systems to increase the number of crisis hotlines certified in suicide prevention. Networking on this scale also has enabled the development and use of response protocols and data collection standards to evaluate client- and community-centered outcomes that previously were not pursued.

Supplemental funding is being provided for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as a result of Congressional appropriations in the 2006 Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill. The primary purpose of the funding is to ensure that Lifeline has the capacity to absorb future increases in call volume, a necessity given the critical role played by Lifeline’s networked crisis centers during this past year’s devastating hurricanes and the need to accommodate the network’s steadily increasing call volume. The funding will also be used to enhance the service quality of networked crisis centers and to enhance service access for at-risk groups such as American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and victims of Hurricane Katrina.

At a minimum the funds awarded will be used to conduct the following activities:

  • Increase the call volume capacity of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, ensuring its ability to absorb future increases;

  • Improve the quality of lethality assessment among crisis centers that are networked to the Lifeline;

  • Enhanced crisis center response to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma; and

  • Enhanced access/technical assistance to American Indian/Alaska Native tribes or territories.

The Networking and Certifying Suicide Prevention Hotlines grant is authorized under 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 18, Mental Health.

Eligibility

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to Link2Health Solutions, Inc.

Eligibility is being limited because Congress authorized funding for only one National Suicide Prevention Lifeline program; therefore, the program supplement must be awarded to the grantee that manages Lifeline, specifically to Link2Solutions. It would be inefficient and wasteful to fund a second national suicide prevention hotline network, which would need to develop a parallel and duplicative crisis center network and telephonic infrastructure. Also, establishing and publicizing a second toll-free telephone number would be confusing to callers.

Award Information

The estimated funding available is $369,000 for this one-year project. The proposed budget cannot exceed the allowable amount. This amount includes both direct and indirect costs.

Cost-sharing is not required in this program, and applications will not be screened out on the basis of cost sharing. However, you may include cash or in-kind contributions in your application as evidence of commitment to the proposed project.

The award will be made as a Cooperative Agreement. Please see the full announcement for the specific roles and responsibilities of the Grantee and the Federal government.

Contact Information

Richard McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1105
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-1873
richard.mckeon@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1421
kimberly.pendleton@samhsa.hhs.gov

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

The complete Announcement No. SM-06-007

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Adobe PDF Format Download as Acrobat Document

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms, assurances, certification, and checklist.

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

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

You may request a complete application kit by calling one of SAMHSA's national clearinghouses:

  • For substance abuse prevention or treatment grants, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686.

  • For mental health grants, call the National Mental Health Information Center at 1-800-789-CMHS (2647).

Additional Materials

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

Technical Assistance and Training for SAMHSA Grant Applicants

Grants Management at SAMHSA: Useful Information for Grantees

Last updated: 02/12/2009