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Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 Funding Opportunities

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AGENCY:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA), HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of fnding availability.

SUMMARY:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announces the availability of FY 2001 funds for cooperative agreements for the following activity. This notice is not a complete description of the activity; potential applicants must obtain a copy of the Guidance for Applicants (GFA), including Part I, Cooperative Agreements to Certify, Network, and Evaluate Crisis Programs That Offer Hotline Services, and Part II, General Policies and Procedures Applicable to all SAMHSA Applications for Discretionary Grants and Cooperative Agreements, before preparing and submitting an application.

ActivityApplication deadlineEst. funds FY 2001Est number of awardsProject period
Improve & Evaluate Crisis Hotline ServicesMay 21, 2001$3 million*2*3 years*

For more detailed information on the estimated funds, the estimated number of awards, and the project period see the text below. The actual amount available for the award may vary, depending on unanticipated program requirements and the number and quality of applications received. FY 2001 funds for the activity discussed in this announcement were appropriated by the Congress under Public Law No. 106-310. SAMHSA's policies and procedures for peer review and Advisory Council review of grant and cooperative agreement application were published in the Federal Register (Vol. 58, No. 126) on July 2, 1993.

General Instructions: Applicants must use application form PHS 5161-1 (Rev. 7/00). The application kit contains the two-part application materials (complete programmatic guidance and instructions for preparing and submitting applications), the PHS 5161-1 which includes Standard Form 424 (Face Page), and other documentation and forms. Application kits may be obtained from: National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange, Network (KEN), P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015, Telephone: 1-800-789-2647.

The PHS 5161-1 application form and the full text of the activity are also available electronically via SAMHSA's World Wide Web Home Page: http://www.samhsa.gov

When requesting an application kit, the applicant must specify the particular activity for which detailed information is desired. All information necessary to apply, including where to submit applications and application deadline instructions, are included in the application kit.

Purpose: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2001 funds for cooperative agreements to certify, network, and evaluate crisis programs that offer hotline services. The overall purposes of this program are to: (1) Increase the number of crisis programs offering hotline services that are certified in suicide prevention in the United States; (2) increase the number of crisis centers/hotlines certified in suicide prevention that are networked through a single, toll-free, nationwide number, utilizing telecommunications technology that links callers to their geographically nearest crisis center. It is expected that approximately 200-300 of these crisis centers will be certified and networked over the project period of the award (3 years) and (3) coordinate, collect, and analyze data from crisis centers/hotlines in order to evaluate their effectiveness. This GFA solicits applications for two categories of cooperative agreements: Category I, Certification and Networking; and Category II, Client and Community-Centered Outcomes Evaluation. In Category I, the recipient must carry out the activities in each of the following three elements: (1) Certification of crisis centers/hotlines, (2) Networking certified hotline services, and (3) Project evaluation. In Category II, the recipient must carry out activities in the design of data collection standards and in the collection and analysis of data and the production of a final outcomes report.

Eligibility: Domestic, not-for-profit organizations may apply, including consortium/partnerships of organizations brought together for the purpose of this GFA; community-based organizations, including faith-based and consumer and family groups; public or private universities; hospitals; and units of State or local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Availability of Funds: For Category I, up to $2,550,000 is available per budget year, including direct and indirect costs. In Category II, up t $450,000 is available per budget year, including direct and indirect costs. It is anticipated that one award will be made for each category.

Period of Support: The period of support for each Category is 3 years. Continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds and progress achieved.

Criteria for Review and Funding: General Review Criteria: Competing applications requesting funding under this activity will be reviewed for technical merit in accordance with established PHS/SAMHSA peer review procedures. Review criteria that will be used by the peer review groups are specified in the application guidance material.

Award Criteria for Scored Applications: Applications will be considered for funding on the basis of their overall technical merit as determined through the peer review group and the appropriate National Advisory Council review process. Availability of funds will also be an award criteria. Additional award criteria specific to the programmatic activity may be included in the application guidance materials.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.230.

Program Contact: For questions concerning program issues, contact:

Maria T. Baldi, Public Health Advisor, Division of Program Development, Special Populations, and Projects, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-26, Rockville, MD 20857, (301) 443-2892, E-Mail: mbaldi@samhsa.gov

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Robert DeMartino, M.D., Associate Director for Program in Trauma and Terrorism, Division of Program Development, Special Populations, and Projects, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Start Printed Page 19185Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-26, Rockville, MD 20857, (301) 443-2940, E-mail: rdemarti@samhsa.gov

Questions on grants management issues should be directed to: Steve Hudak, Division of Grants Management, OPS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-103, Rockville, MD 20857, (301) 443-4456, E-Mail: shudak@samhsa.gov

Public Health Grants Management System Reporting Requirements: The Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) is intended to keep State and local health officials apprised of proposed health services grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted by community-based nongovernmental organizations within their jurisdictions.

Community-based nongovernmental service providers who are not transmitting their applications through the State must submit a PHSIS to the head(s) of the appropriate State and local health agencies in the area(s) to be affected not later than the pertinent receipt date for applications. This PHSIS consists of the following information:

(a) A copy of the face page of the application (Standard form 424).

(b) A summary of the project (PHSIS), not to exceed one page, which provides:

(1) A description of the population to be served.

(2) A summary of the services to be provided.

(3) A description of the coordination planned with the appropriate State or local health agencies.

State and local governments and Indian Tribal Authority applicants are not subject to the Public Health System Reporting Requirements. Application guidance materials will specify if a particular FY 2001 activity is subject to the Public Health System Reporting Requirements.

PHS Non-use of Tobacco Policy Statement: The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of a facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people.

Executive Order 12372: Applications submitted in response to the FY 2001 activity listed above are subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372, as implemented through DHHS regulations at 45 CFR Part 100. E.O. 12372 sets up a system for State and local government review of applications for Federal financial assistance. Applicants (other than Federally recognized Indian tribal governments) should contact the State's Single Point of Contact (SPOC) as early as possible to alert them to the prospective application(s) and to receive any necessary instructions on the State's review process. For proposed projects serving more than one State, the applicant is advised to contact the SPOC of each affected State. A current listing of SPOCs is included in the application guidance materials. The SPOC should send any State review process recommendations directly to: Division of Extramural Activities, Policy, and Review, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 17-89, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

The due date for State review process recommendations is no later than 60 days after the specified deadline date for the receipt of applications. SAMHSA does not guarantee to accommodate or explain SPOC comments that are received after the 60-day cut-off.

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Dated: April 9, 2001.

Richard Kopanda

Executive Officer,, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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