SAMHSA Call for Proposals: System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements

Deadline: 3 January 2017

The U.S. Department of State’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreements for the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances.

The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth (birth-21) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the widescale operation, expansion, and integration of the SOC approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).

This cooperative agreement will support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children and youth with SED and those with early signs and symptoms of serious mental illness (SMI), including first episode psychosis (FEP), and their families. The SOC Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements will build upon progress made in developing comprehensive SOC across the country by focusing on sustainable financing, cross-agency collaboration, the creation of policy and infrastructure, and the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed services and supports. Other activities supported will include the implementation of systemic changes, training, and workforce development. The CMHI provides an excellent example of SAMHSA’s Theory of Change.

Award Amount

Up to $3 million per year for state applicants; up to $1 million for political subdivisions of states, territories, Indian or tribal organizations.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are:

  • State governments Indian or tribal organizations;
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town;
  • District of Columbia government; and
  • the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

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