• April 2005
  • Vol. 6, No. 3

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The Child Mental Health Initiative

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of funds for its Child Mental Health Initiative. The initiative is meant to expand community capacity to serve children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families and promote family participation in service planning and development. It is expected that approximately $24 million will be available to fund up to 24 awards in FY 2005. The period of award is 6 years. The maximum allowable award for Year 1 is $1 million in total costs. Awards increase to $2 million in Years 3 and 4 and decrease in subsequent years. Applicants are required to detail plans for infrastructure and service sustainability beyond the 6 years of the Federal grant. Additionally, there are cost sharing/matching requirements for this program.

Eligibility for this program is limited to public entities such as State or local governments (including U.S. territories), Indian Tribes, or Tribal organizations.

Application kits can be downloaded from the SAMHSA website at www.samhsa.gov/grants/2005/nofa/sm05010rfa_cmhi.aspx. Applications can also be requested from the National Mental Health Information Center at 800.789.2647. Applications can be submitted in either electronic or paper format. To submit an application electronically, go to www.grants.gov and click on "Apply for Grants." Due date for submission is May 17, 2005.

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