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FY 2011 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

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

Modified Announcement

Modification on 1/13/2011 - Contact number updated


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-11-001
Posting on Grants.gov: December 28, 2010
Original Receipt date: February 16, 2011
Announcement Type: Modified

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by February 16, 2011
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) 2011 for Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements).  The purpose of this program is to support States and tribes in developing and implementing statewide and/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.

As a result of the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants, states, tribes and communities will:

  • increase the number of  persons in youth serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, juvenile justice programs, trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide
  • increase the number of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide
  • increase the number of youth identified as at risk for suicide
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide referred for behavioral health care services
  • increase the number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services
  • increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (Section 520E-1 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended).  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-28 and SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness - Goal 1.3 (Prevent suicides and attempted suicides among populations at high risk, especially military families, youth, and American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN)).

Applications responsive to this Request for Application must implement evidence-based or best practices that will create or expand capacity to address the following SAMHSA Strategic Initiative: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness - Create prevention prepared communities where individuals, families, schools, workplaces, and communities take action to prevent and reduce mental illness and substance abuse across the lifespan.  Successful applications will also address the needs of youth at high-risk identified by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; including, but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth, AI/AN, military family members and veterans.

The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.  SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award.  Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.  SAMHSA expects grantees to work collaboratively with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center on State and with the National Action Alliance SAMHSA.

SAMHSA strongly encourages all grantees to provide a smoke-free workplace and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products (except in regard to accepted tribal traditions and practices).  

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • States (Including D.C. and the Territories)
  • 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

  • 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

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.  The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

States and/or Tribes who have been previous recipients of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide award are eligible but are required to address how this grant award will build on and/or expand the work of the earlier grant awards and not simply continuing what was done.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $15.3 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 32
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $480,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $480,000 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 2011 for SAMHSA’s programs, with funding estimates based on the President’s budget request for FY 2011.  Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated for FY 2011 to permit funding of a reasonable number of applications solicited.  All applicants are reminded, however, that we cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to permit SAMHSA to fund any applications.

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Michelle Carnes, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services; Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs – Suicide Prevention Branch
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1096
Rockville, Maryland 20857
240-276-1869
michelle.carnes@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, 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

1. REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

YOU MUST RESPOND TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE RFA IN PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION.

 

2. GRANT Application Package

YOU MUST USE THE FORMS IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR 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: 12/28/2010