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FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative- Category III Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS)

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-12-007
Posting on Grants.gov: May 8, 2012
Original Receipt date: June 12, 2012

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 12, 2012
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 (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI), Category III, Community Treatment and Services Center grants. The purpose of this program is to provide trauma treatment and services in communities for children, adolescents and their families who experience or witness traumatic events; and to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents throughout the nation.

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, evaluate effective trauma treatment and services, and partner with other community agencies to promote service delivery approaches so that trauma services are effectively implemented within local child-serving community service systems.

Children of deployed military personnel have more school, family, and peer-related emotional difficulties in comparison to national samples. Therefore, SAMHSA has identified military families as a priority population under this funding opportunity.

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.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is composed of three types of centers:

  • The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (Category I) develops and maintains the collaborative network structure, supports resource development and dissemination, and coordinates the Network’s national child trauma education and training efforts.

  • The Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers - (Category II) provide national expertise and assume responsibility in the Network for specific areas of trauma, such as specific types of traumatic events, population groups, and service systems; and support the development and adaptation of effective trauma treatments and services for children, adolescents and their families that can be implemented throughout the nation.

  • The Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers - (Category III) are primarily service programs that implement and evaluate effective treatment and services in community settings and youth serving service systems and collaborate with other NCTSN centers on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing, and training issues.

SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, 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 reducing the impact of trauma and violence on children, youth, and families and addressing trauma-related issues throughout behavioral health, health, and social service systems. With this program, SAMHSA expects to implement effective trauma-focused and trauma-informed treatment and services in community settings and in youth-serving service systems and collaborate with other Network Centers on clinical issues, service approaches, policy, financing, and training issues.  More information on SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives is available at the SAMHSA website: http://www.samhsa.gov/About/strategy.aspx.

For the purpose of this funding announcement, “trauma-focused” refers to the interventions, resources, products, etc., that specifically address the trauma experience of children, adolescents and their families; and “trauma-informed” refers to the interventions, resources, products, etc., in service systems that provide supportive services for children and adolescents that have experienced trauma.

Over the coming months, SAMHSA will be implementing a process that will develop a formal definition and standardized criteria for trauma-informed care and guidance for adaption to different service systems and sectors. Grantees of this program announcement will be encouraged to participate in this process. All SAMHSA grantees will be expected to align their programmatic activities with the resultant definition and standardized criteria of trauma-informed care.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Center Grants 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.  

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

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations
  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations

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 Tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.

Applicants may also apply for the NCTSI Treatment and Services and Adaptation Centers (TSA) cooperative agreements.  If approved for funding in more than one National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative program, an award may be made in only one of the programs. 

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

Award Information

    Funding Mechanism: Grant
    Anticipated Total Available Funding: $22,400,000
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 56
    Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year
    Length of Project Period: Up to 4 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 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.These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Wendy Davis
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
SAMHSA/CMHS
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1003
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1350
nctsi@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:
For CMHS RFAs:

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: 05/04/2012