The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements) (PPHF-2014). The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations.
As a result of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements, states, tribes, and communities will:
- Increase the number of persons in youth-serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, and juvenile justice programs, trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide
- Increase the number of clinical service providers (including those working in health, mental health, and substance abuse) trained to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk for suicide
- Improve continuity of care and follow-up of youth identified at risk for suicide discharged from emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units
- Increase the identification of risk, referral and utilization of behavioral health care services
- Increase the promotion and utilization of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Comprehensively implement applicable sections of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention to reduce rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide deaths in their communities
SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the nation’s health. To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. The State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grants closely align with SAMHSA’s Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Strategic Initiative. More information is available at: beta.samhsa.gov/about-us. The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant program will address the prevention of suicides and attempted suicides among populations at high risk, especially military families, youth, and AI/AN, as well as the expected impact on behavioral health disparities. (See Appendix J of the RFA: Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)
The Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under Section 520E of the Public Health Service Act, as amended and are financed in part by 2014 Prevention and Public Health funds (PPHF-2014). This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.
The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements Program is one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest. SAMHSA expects grantees to work collaboratively with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.