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Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services-Projects Of Regional And National Significance

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services-Projects Of Regional And National Significance


Federal Agency




Public Health Service Act, as amended; Title V, Section 509; 42 USC 290bb and Section 516; Children's Health Act of 2000; Public Law 106-310; and Sections 520 A-J, 581 and 582 of the Public Health Service Act.






Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) was reauthorized by the Children's Health Action of 2000, Public law 106-310. Under this reauthorization, SAMHSA was given the authority to address priority substance abuse treatment, prevention and mental health needs of regional and national significance through assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) to States, political subdivisions of States, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and other public or nonprofit private entities. Under these sections, CSAT, CMHS and CSAP seek to expand the availability of effective substance abuse treatment and recovery services available to Americans to improve the lives of those affected by alcohol and drug additions, and to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals, families, communities and societies and to address priority mental health needs of regional and national significance and assist children in dealing with violence and traumatic events through by funding grant and cooperative agreement projects. Grants and cooperative agreements may be for (1) knowledge and development and application projects for treatment and rehabilitation and the conduct or support of evaluations of such projects; (2) training and technical assistance; (3) targeted capacity response programs (4) systems change grants including statewide family network grants and client-oriented and consumer run self-help activities and (5) programs to foster health and development of children.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds (including direct costs and indirect costs) may be used only for expenses clearly related and necessary to carry out approved activities that will provide immediately useful, practical knowledge that service providers need as they wrestle with the rapidly changing health care environment.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public organizations, such as units of State and local governments and to domestic private nonprofit organizations such as community-based organizations, universities, colleges and hospitals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations.


Applicants must provide proof of licensure, accreditation, certification, or chartering to provide substance abuse and/or mental health services or such other credential documentation as specific for a particular topical area.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A letter of intent from prospective applicants is requested at least 30 days prior to the application receipt date. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

All applicants must use application form PHS 5161-1 (rev. 7/00). Application kits containing the necessary forms and instructions may be obtained by contacting: the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, PO Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Phone: (301) 468-26000 or 1 (800) 729-6686 or the National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network at 1 (800) 789-2647.

Award Procedure

Applications for grants and cooperative agreements recommended for approval by the initial review group and concurred in by the appropriate National Advisory Council and the Center Director(s) are awarded directly by the appropriate Center (CMHS, CSAP, CSAT) to the applicant organization.


Phone (240) 276-1199 for the receipt date for applications.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90-120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Applications will be accepted for a project period of 1 to 5 years with 12 month budget periods. Annual awards will be made subject to continued availability of funds and progress achieved.


Post Assistance Requirements


No more than quarterly.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No A-133 entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in a year shall have an audit made in accordance with A-133.


There is a 3 year records retention requirement; records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period if final audit has not been done or findings resolved.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $480,211,434; FY 08 est $351,705,645; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$480,211,434 to $351,705,645; $226,326,180.


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007 1,004 awards were made. It is estimated that 724 awards will be funded in fiscal year 2008.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR Parts 74 and 92 and the HHS Grant Policies.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

CSAP contact: Peggy Thompson (240) 276-2447, CSAT contact: Jack Stein (240) 276-2950, and George Gilbert (240) 276-1681 CMHS contact: Seth Hassett (240) 276-1844. Address: 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857. Grants Management contact: Christine Chen, Division of Grants Management, SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 (240) 276-1401, E-mail:

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