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FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination
Short title: SAT-ED


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: TI-12-006
Posting on June 6, 2012
Original Receipt date: July 11, 2012

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by July 11, 2012

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 for Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to States/Territories/Tribes to improve treatment for adolescents through the development of a learning laboratory with collaborating local community-based treatment provider sites. Through the shared experience between the State/Territory/Tribe and the local community-based treatment provider sites, an evidence-based practice (EBP) will be implemented, youth and families will be provided services, and a feedback loop will be developed to enable the State/Territory/Tribe and the sites to identify barriers and test solutions through a services component operating in real time. The outcomes will include: needed changes to State/Territory/Tribe policies and procedures; development of financing structures that work in the current environment; and a blueprint for States/Territories/Tribes and providers that can be used throughout the State/Territory/Tribe to widen the use of effective EBPs. Additionally, youth (ages 12-18) and their families/primary caregivers will be provided services from the grant funds that will inform the process to improve systems issues.

The expected outcomes of the program include: increased rates of abstinence; enrollment in education, vocational training, and/or employment; social connectedness; and decreased juvenile justice involvement for adolescents provided services through this cooperative agreement.

To accomplish this purpose, SAMHSA is requiring States/Territories/Tribes to use grant funds for the following:

  1. Develop and improve State/Territory/Tribe capacity to increase access to and quality of treatment for adolescents with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and their families through:
    • involving families and youth at the State/Territory/Tribe and local levels to inform policy, program and effective practice;
    • expanding the qualified workforce;
    • disseminating evidence-based practices;
    • developing funding and payment strategies that are practical and doable in the State/Territory/Tribe given the current funding environment; and
    • improving interagency collaboration.
  2. Enhance and improve the quality of treatment and recovery services provided to adolescents (ages 12 –18) for the treatment of substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, and their families/primary caregivers (e.g., foster care parents, extended family members).
  3. Through a State/Territory/Tribe planning and selection process, States/Territories/Tribes will partner with two local community-based treatment provider sites to:
    • select a family-centered/family-inclusive evidence-based treatment intervention for the amelioration of substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders for adolescents and their families;
    • ensure certification/licensure of the sites and/or clinicians(as prescribed in the manual/documentation of the chosen evidence-based treatment intervention) with a "train-the-trainers" model included to ensure sustainability; and
    • begin the process of dissemination of the intervention to providers throughout the State/Territory/Tribe (this is to be understood as the training and licensure/certification as required by the developers of the intervention and not merely exposure training) to equip an increasing number of sites and clinicians to be trained/trainers in the intervention.

In accordance with SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative on Health Reform, this program aims to assist States/Territories/Tribes in the development of a process to be used to expand and enhance treatment and recovery systems for adolescents and their families with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. This initiative supports the Trauma and Justice, Recovery Support, and Health Reform SAMHSA Strategic Initiatives.

In addition, State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination grantees will be expected to identify and decrease differences in access, service use, and outcomes of services among the adolescent populations vulnerable to health disparities.

The State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination cooperative agreements are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligible applicants are:

  • Single State Agencies (SSA) within State/Tribal governments/Territories and the District of Columbia
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal 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.

Eligibility is limited to the SSA in the State/Territory and the highest ranking official and/or the duly authorized official of a federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribe. In addition to providing evidence-based adolescent treatment services, this program is designed to bring together stakeholders across the child-serving system to develop and/or enhance a coordinated network that will develop policies, expand workforce capacity, bring evidence-based practices to scale Statewide, and implement financial mechanisms and other reforms to improve the integration and efficiency of the adolescent substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders treatment, and recovery support system. SSAs are in the unique position to coordinate these efforts because they have authority to coordinate agencies across the State/Territory/Tribe, implement policy changes, and develop financing structures necessary for the program. Although community-based treatment providers play a pivotal supporting role in adolescent treatment and services, they are not the catalysts for cross-agency coordination, workforce development, or licensure/certification/credentialing at the State/Territory/Tribal level. Therefore, public and private non-profit entities and community-based treatment providers are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Cost sharing/match are not required in this program.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreements
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 10
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1 million per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $1 million 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.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Melissa Rael, R.N.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1100
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2903

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Roger George
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1081
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1418

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

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Last updated: 06/22/2012