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SAMHSA Funding Opportunity: ACT Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Establish and Expand Assertive Community Treatment (Short Title: ACT). 

FOA Number:
SM-18-013
Application Due Date*:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
 
Description
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Establish and Expand Assertive Community Treatment (Short Title: ACT). The purpose of this program is to establish or expand and maintain ACT programs for individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI).  SAMHSA expects this program will improve behavioral health outcomes for individuals by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness, and involvement with the criminal justice system. ACT is considered to be one of the most effective evidence-based programs designed to support community living for individuals with the most severe functional impairments associated with SMI.  Such individuals tend to need services from multiple providers (e.g., physicians, social workers) and multiple systems (e.g., social services, housing services, health care).
 
How can SOAR be integrated?

1. Share this grant opportunity with key stakeholders in your community

  • Discuss the grant requirements and application at your next SOAR Steering Committee and/or Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting
  • Share this with your organization’s Executive Director and other local stakeholders who may be interested in pursuing this funding - mentioning that SOAR fits nicely with the goals of the opportunity (improving behavioral health outcomes for individuals by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness, and involvement with the criminal justice system

2. Propose the use of SOAR trained individuals on the team of providers (i.e. housing staff, social workers)

  • SOAR specialists are pivotal in increasing access to mainstream benefits and this income is critical to obtaining stable housing!

3. Highlight your successful SOAR community collaborations in the Project Narrative - as these collaborations line up nicely with the collaboration necessary to implement ACT successfully

  • As part of your proposed implementation plan in the Project Narrative, brag about your current successes with SOAR and incorporate data from the Online Application Tracking (OAT) system or your state’s tracking program
  • Document how increasing your local capacity for SOAR and integrating it with housing and treatment services supports recovery for individuals with SMI
 
Eligibility
Eligibility is statutorily limited to states, political subdivisions of states (e.g., counties, cities), Indian tribes or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), mental health systems, health care facilities, and entities that serve individuals with SMI who experience homelessness or are justice-involved.
 
Award Information
  • Funding Mechanism: Grant
  • Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 7
  • Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $678,000 per year
  • Length of Project: Up to 5 years
 
 
*IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION:  SAMHSA’s application procedures have changed. All applicants must register with NIH’s 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. If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted.  No exceptions will be made. Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov (see Appendix A for all registration requirements).