FY 2003 Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunities


SAMHSA Resource Information for 

Potential Applicants of the HUD/HHS/VA 

Collaborative Initiative to Help End Chronic Homelessness

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) No. SM03-006

Federal Register Notice: January 27, 2003
Go to "Health and Human Services Department"

Receipt date: April 14, 2003


U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH)



SAMHSA Resource materials, including Best Practices document



Frequently Asked Questions for the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Section








Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Provider Care Services, Veterans Administration (VA)


The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is coordinating a $35 million initiative to help end chronic homelessness by seeking to create a comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness.  This collaboration among HUD, HHS, and VA offers housing and service funding through a consolidated application.  

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in the context of the Collaborative Grants to End Chronic Homelessness:

  • Eligibility for SAMHSA grant SM03-006: Eligible entities are States, political subdivisions of States, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and public or private non-profit entities, including community-based and faith-based providers of homeless services, health care, housing and other closely linked services for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.  The lead applicant need not be a direct provider of substance abuse treatment or mental health services.

In addition to meeting these criteria, SAMHSA requires that any agency that will be using SAMHSA funds to provide substance abuse or mental health services must be licensed and have been providing services for a minimum of two years prior to the date of the application. 

  • Estimated Funds and Time Period of SM03-006: Approximately $7 million is available in FY2003 for this component and approximately 10 awards will be made.   

Subject to the availability of future funds, grantees will receive additional funds in grant years 2 and 3 for substance abuse and mental health services on a declining basis: 100% for Grant Year 1; 70% for Grant Year 2; and 40% for Grant Year 3. 

Because of the collaborative nature of these grants, the application process is being coordinated by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). Application kits are available through the ICH website.  Part of the Application includes SAMHSA instructions for applying for the substance abuse/mental health grants.

Note: HUD, HHS, and VA are planning to hold an information broadcast via satellite for potential applicants to learn more about this initiative. The broadcast has been scheduled for February 19, 2003, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  EST. More specific information will be linked from this webpage when available.

Reference Materials

SAMHSA has a number of additional documents that potential applicants should review in the process of deciding whether to respond to this announcement.

  • Best Practices: An Overview of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and System Coordination Strategie

Download  "Overview" in Microsoft Word
Download  "Overview" in Adobe Acrobat

  • Center for Mental Health Services Core Client GPRA Measures

Download "CMHS-GRPA" in Microsoft Word Download "CMHS-GRPA" in Adobe Acrobat

  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Core Client GPRA Measures

Information on SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Reporting Elements is available on the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's GRPA webpage at http://www.csat-gpra.org/gprastrat.cfm Substance Abuse Reporting Tools for Knowledge Application programs are available on the same site at http://www.csat-gpra.org/knowapp.cfm



Additional SAMHSA Information:

For questions on Mental Health and Homelessness, contact:

  • Lawrence Rickards, Ph.D.
  • Division of Service and Systems Improvement, Homeless Programs Branch
  • Center for Mental Health Service
  • Room 11C-05 Parklawn
  • 5600 Fishers Lane
  • Rockville, MD 20857
  • (301) 443-3707
  • E-mail: lrickard@samhsa.hhs.gov
  • For questions on Substance Abuse and Homelessness, contact:

  • Melissa Rael, R.N., M.P.A.
  • Senior Program Management Officer
  • Rockwall II, Suite 640
  • 5600 Fishers Lane
  • Rockville, MD 20857
  • (301) 443-8236
  • E-mail: mrael@samhsa.hhs.gov
  • For questions on grants management issues, contact:

  • Steve Hudak
  • Division of Grants Management
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Room 13-103
  • 5600 Fishers Lane
  • Rockville, MD 20857
  • (301) 443-9666
  • E-mail: shudak@samhsa.hhs.gov