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FY 2011 Grant Request for Applicationss (RFA)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Combined RFA: Treatment and Service Adaptation Centers - Category II and the Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-11-011
Posting on Grants.gov: April 27, 2011
Original Receipt date: June 3, 2011
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline

Applications are due by June 3, 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 announces the availability of funds to continue and expand grant activities funded under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, Treatment and Service Adaptation Centers - Category II, and Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III. The purpose of this one-year grant award to the Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers (TSA) – Category II and the Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS) Category III is to continue and enhance current trauma treatment and services, and to expand their activities to the child welfare system and juvenile justice/dependency court systems and/or the publicly funded child mental health system providing services to these systems.

This RFA has been developed for both TSA and CTS Centers to apply for funding.  Separate requirements are listed for each in Section I of this RFA.  TSA Centers and CTS Centers are to respond to the Evaluation Criteria in Section V-1 (Sections A and B) that have been designed specifically for them.

The overall goal of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) is to improve treatment and services for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events and to increase access to these treatments and services throughout the United States. The initiative is designed to address child trauma issues by creating a National Network of grantees—the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)—that works collaboratively to develop and promote effective trauma treatment, services and other resources for children and adolescents exposed to an array of traumatic events. The NCTSN Centers collaborate to develop, implement, and evaluate effective trauma treatment and services and partner with other community agencies to transform service delivery approaches so that trauma services are effectively implemented within local child-serving community service systems.

To date, NCTSI has developed and implemented effective interventions to reduce immediate distress from exposure to traumatic events; developed and provided training in trauma-focused services for use in child mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and protective services, among other service areas; and developed widely used intervention protocols for disaster victims.

Treatment and Service Adaptation Centers (TSA) - Category II

Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers – Category II provide national expertise on specific types of traumatic events, population groups and service systems, and support the specialized adaptation of effective treatment and service approaches for communities across the country. TSA Centers are expected to build partnerships with CTS Centers that strengthen NCTSN’s networks, promote innovation, and increase the quality and accessibility of trauma-informed interventions and practices. TSA Centers also develop training and implementation approaches for trauma interventions so that these interventions can be disseminated throughout the country.  Additionally, TSA Centers are also expected to enhance and expand training and implementation approaches in community and child-serving service system settings so that these interventions can be disseminated throughout the country.

Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS) - Category III

The Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers – Category III are community-focused Centers that promote the local use of trauma-informed practices and interventions for children and adolescents.  CTS Centers implement and evaluate effective trauma-focused and trauma-informed treatment and services in community settings and in youth-serving service systems.  CTS’s also collaborate with other NCTSN networks on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing, and training issues. The Centers are expected to identify trauma-informed practices and interventions that address child trauma needs in their communities, collaborate with TSA Centers that target similar priority areas, and work with other community agencies to promote trauma-informed service delivery within local community service systems. 

SAMHSA has demonstrated that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health. To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.   This RFA is part of SAMHSA’s effort to achieve the goals of the Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative by developing a public health approach to trauma that strengthens surveillance, prevention, screening, and treatment and supports trauma-informed systems.  More information on SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives is available at the SAMHSA website: http://www.samhsa.gov/About/strategy.aspx.

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).

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative grants are authorized under section 582 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

Eligibility

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to the current NCTSI, TSA Category II grantees and to the CTS Category III grantees that were funded in fiscal year 2007.  TSA Category II grantees are only eligible to apply for the TSA Category II funds and CTS Category III grantees are only eligible to apply for CTS funds. See Appendix K for a list of eligible applicants.  

FY 2011 funding for the NCTSI program is available for only one year.  SAMHSA is unable to fund new multi-year grant projects due to the fact that limited funds are available.  

SAMHSA believes that the most effective and efficient use of available funding is to continue funding for one additional year to the NCTSI Category II and III grantees that received their last year of funding in FY 2010.  These grantees have built the infrastructure necessary to continue providing services and have successfully completed an entire funding cycle for this program.  These entities are best-positioned to continue to provide needed services with a revised focus on expanding collaboration with child welfare, juvenile justice, and public mental health systems.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $7 million
Anticipated Number of Awards:

Up to 5 Treatment and Service Adaptation Center - Category II Awards

Up to 10 Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III Awards
Anticipated Award Amount:

Up to $600,000  for Treatment and Service Adaptation Center - Category II Awards

Up to $400,000 for Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III Awards
Length of Project Period: Up to 1 year

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $600,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for Treatment and Service Adaptation Centers - Category II, and $400,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III.

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 about program issues contact:

Malcolm Gordon, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1005
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1856
lmalcolm.gordon@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management and budget 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: 1/21/2011