HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health
The purpose of the program is to promote the wellness of young children, from birth to eight years of age, by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral aspects of their development, as well as prepare them to thrive in school and beyond. The awards will also provide local communities or tribes resources to disseminate effective and innovative early childhood mental health practices and services. With this program, SAMHSA aims to promote resilience and emotional health for children, youth, and their families.
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10,631,178.
Anticipated Number of Awards: 13.
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $800,000 per year per award.
Length of Project: Up to 5 years.
Proposed budgets cannot exceed $800,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.
Applicants should infuse culturally driven and trauma-informed mental health and wellness promotion practices and mental illness prevention practices into the settings and service systems through which young children and families can be reached. Projects should also work to advance equity for all, and to identify racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minority, and rural populations at highest risk for experiencing behavioral health disparities as part of their projects.
Required activities include:
- Conduct culturally and linguistically appropriate, validated screening, and assessments to ensure the early identification of behavioral and developmental concerns, including perinatal/maternal depression and substance misuse among parents and caregivers, including alcohol and opioid use.
- Provide family and parent training to help parents, guardians, and family caregivers provide healthy, safe, and secure environments in which young children can learn and grow.
- Develop and implement a plan to equip and train providers with the knowledge, skills, and resources to address young children’s and caregivers’ behavioral health within primary care settings, including on-site or virtual/telephonic consultation, screening, assessment, brief intervention, and/or referral to specialty care.
- Provide mental health consultation in early care and education to ensure that childcare and educational settings provide optimal learning environments for young children, and social, emotional, and behavioral concerns are identified and addressed through screening, assessment, intervention, and/or referral particularly for racial and ethnic minority families.
- Establish or enhance an existing Young Child Wellness Council (YCWC) to provide support to the project. Representation on the YCWC must include, but is not limited to, the following system partners: health, public health, behavioral health, education, childcare, Head Start, child welfare, and early intervention. Family and caregiver family members must make up at least 10% of the council.
- Develop and implement a plan to improve coordination and collaboration across child and family-serving systems and programs.
- Develop and implement a public awareness communications plan to promote early childhood development, mental health, and outreach through multiple modalities.
Eligible applicants include:
- State and territorial governments.
- Political subdivisions of States.
- Indian tribes.
- Tribal organizations.
- Health facilities.
- Programs operated by or in accordance with a contract or award with the Indian Health Service.
- Other public or private nonprofit entities.
Deadline for funding is: March 23, 2023
Eligible entities should take the following steps to access funding: apply on www.Grants.gov.
For more information, contact Brooke Sims, Government Project Officer
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Full Announcement: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-23-004
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