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Developing Infrastructure to Promote the Mental Health of AI/AN Communities

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Promote the Mental Health of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities (Short Title: Circles of Care) grants. The purpose of this program is to provide tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth, and families. These grants are intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems serving AI/AN communities. Circles of Care grant recipients will focus on the need to reduce the gap between the need for mental health services and the availability of such services for the target population. The program has a strong emphasis on cross-system collaboration, inclusion of family, youth and community resources, and cultural approaches.

    Required Activities: 

    Circles of Care grant funds must be used primarily to support infrastructure development, including the following types of activities:

    • Identify a structure (i.e. advisory boards, workgroups, task force) and process that will provide ongoing guidance to project staff and promote the sense of community ownership. The identified structure may be a new or existing group, but must include representation from partner agencies, elected tribal officials and other decision makers, in addition to a variety of community members including youth and families as equal partners.
    • Assure that orientation and ongoing training on the systems of care approach is provided to a wide audience for the purpose of workforce development through the life of the grant and beyond.
    • Use a community-based process that is culturally appropriate and actively engages community members, key stakeholders, youth, elders, spiritual advisors, and tribal leaders throughout the life of the grant.
    • Engage various sectors of the community to participate in the systems of care approach through outreach and educational strategies to sectors such as schools, the faith community, the housing community, and the justice system, in addition to healthcare systems.
    • Conduct network development and collaboration activities, including ongoing training, for child and youth service providers, paraprofessionals and other informal support providers such as traditional healers, community natural helpers, youth peer leaders, and family members.
    • Implement a community-based system of care model, or œblueprint, for how child/youth mental health and wellness services and supports will be provided in the community. Use a variety of ongoing consensus-building activities with continuous feedback from the community to develop the model, which should be holistic, community-based, culturally competent, family-driven, and youth-guided across multiple agencies.
    • Formalize interagency commitments for collaboration and coordination of services and develop policies, corresponding funding streams, and other strategies for how the system of care model, or œblueprint, can be put into action.
    • Identify an area in which services can be piloted to ensure that the infrastructure being created under this program is useful for its intended purpose. Services such as school-based mental health, educational, vocational, or family support services for children, youth, and families should be piloted. Recipients have the flexibility to choose the pilot location and service delivery type.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    No more than 20 percent of the total grant award for the budget period may be used for data collection, performance measurement, and performance assessment, e.g.


    Corey Sullivan

    Corey Sullivan
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    (240) 276-1213

  • Eligibility Details

    In an effort to address mental health disparities within AI/AN communities, SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to the following applicants:

    • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations;
    • Urban Indian Organizations;
    • Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations; and
    • Tribal colleges and universities (as identified by the American Indian Education Consortium).

    Deadline Details

    Applications are due by March 9, 2020. All applicants MUST register with NIHs eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process.

    Award Details

    Approximately $5,492,314 is available in total funding. Up to 17 awards will be granted. Maximum award is $310,000. project period is up to three years.

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