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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

FY 2013 Cooperative Agreements for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up
(Short Title: Crisis Center Follow Up)

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SM-13-002
Posting on December 31, 2012
Original Receipt date: March 1, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by March 1, 2013
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) 2013 Cooperative Agreements for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up. The purpose of this program is to promote systematic follow up of suicidal persons who call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, suicidal persons discharged from emergency departments, and those who are being followed by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Centers. This initiative also supports the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP).

This grant program supports SAMHSA's Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative through its focus on the prevention and reduction of mental illness and substance abuse across the lifespan. This initiative supports implementation of Goal 8 of the NSSP: "Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services." Specifically, this RFA supports the following objectives of the NSSP:

  • Promote continuity of care and the safety and well being of all patients treated for suicide risk in emergency departments or hospital inpatient units.
  • Coordinate services among suicide prevention and intervention programs, health care systems, and accredited local crisis centers.
  • Develop collaborations between emergency departments and other health care providers to provide alternatives to emergency department care and hospitalization when appropriate, and to promote rapid follow up after discharge.

In FY 2012, on average more than 70,000 calls are answered through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline each month. SAMHSA funded hotline evaluations have shown that large numbers of callers have significant histories of suicidal ideation and attempts and that 43% of suicidal callers experienced some recurrence of suicidal ideation within the next several weeks after the call. Outreach and prevention activities will address the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to, the populations identified by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; sexual orientation and gender identity minority youth, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), military family members, and veterans.

For those at imminent risk for suicide, emergency intervention is frequently initiated. Recent research findings from the Veterans Administration and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control have demonstrated that the period after emergency interventions is one of heightened risk for suicide, with significant numbers of deaths occurring following discharge from either an emergency department or inpatient hospitalization.  Consistent with the goals and objectives of the NSSP, SAMHSA hopes to assist crisis centers in maintaining the safety of individuals contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by phone, chat, or text, and to increase the likelihood of their receiving needed services, including a focus around emergency department and inpatient hospitalization discharge. For those not at imminent risk, crisis centers will typically provide referrals to mental health providers and other services, and will also advise the caller that they may call back if they are in crisis or have additional needs.

The Cooperative Agreements for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up 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 fourth month of the project at the latest.

The Cooperative Agreements for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.


Eligible applicants are members of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Network who provide 24-hour coverage and meet the additional eligibility requirements described in Section III-3.2.

Eligibility to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Network is limited to crisis centers participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline because they are the only crisis centers that are able to obtain the required consents from Lifeline callers for follow up activities. The limitations on eligibility are necessary to assure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide services to these high risk, high priority, or underserved populations, and to assure that relationships with state/local mental health systems are in place to assure that caller follow up and access to care occurs in an appropriate manner and timeframe.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Centers who received funding through the FY 2011 RFA for Cooperative Agreements for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up or any Crisis Center previously funded through this program are not eligible to apply.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $360,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $60,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $60,000 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.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that final funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as cooperative agreements.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

James Wright, MS, LCPC
Suicide Prevention Branch
Center for Mental Health Services
Room 6-1002
1 Choke Cherry Rd.
Rockville, Maryland 20857

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 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

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

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Last updated: 12/31/2012