Cooperative Agreement for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health

Short Title: 
HBCU-CFE
Initial Announcement
Request for Applications (RFA) Information
RFA Number: 
TI-14-006
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Friday, February 7, 2014
Application Due Date: 
Monday, April 7, 2014
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
93.243
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): 
Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: 
Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Description

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is  accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Cooperative Agreement for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE).  The purpose of this program is to continue to enhance the effort to network the 105 HBCUs throughout the United States to promote behavioral health, expand campus service capacity, and facilitate workforce development.  Behavioral health problems include substance abuse or misuse, alcohol and drug addiction, serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental and substance use disorders.  The HBCU-CFE seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served and trained by the program.  The goals of the HBCU-CFE are to promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention; expand campus service capacity expansion, including the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health resources; facilitate best practices dissemination and behavioral health workforce development; and increase awareness of the early signs of emotional distress and resources for early intervention.

SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.  The HBCU-CFE program aims to achieve the goals of the Prevention Initiative by promoting behavioral health at HBCU campuses around the country.  This aligns with the Prevention Initiative’s goal of reducing the likelihood of substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide across the Nation’s communities.

The HBCU-CFE cooperative agreement is authorized under sections 509 and 520(A) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are the105 nationally recognized HBCUs or a consortium of HBCUs with a lead college/university as the applicant.  The recipient of the award will be the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. 

The purpose of Executive Order 13532 is to "strengthen the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide the highest quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from federal programs, and ensure that our Nation has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020."  The HBCU-CFE program responds to this Order by directing grant funds to the nationally recognized HBCUs, or a consortium of HBCUs, to promote behavioral health, facilitate best practices dissemination, and expand service capacity on HBCU campuses. 

For a complete list of HBCUs please visit the following website: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/one-hundred-and-five-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/. .

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
$500,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
1
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $500,000
Length of Project: 
Up to 3 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 
No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $500,000 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.

This award will be made as a cooperative agreement.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Cynthia Graham
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 5-1035
Rockville, Maryland 20857
240-276-1692
cynthia.graham@samhsa.hhs.gov

Crystal Saunders
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 6-1063
Rockville, Maryland 20857
240-276-1117
crystal.saunders@samhsa.hhs.gov

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412
eileen.bermudez

Application Materials

You must respond to the requirements in the RFA when preparing your application.

Useful Information for Applicants

Last Updated: 03/05/2014