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Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant Program

Grants to USA Community Health Centers to Restore
Behavioral Health Services Disrupted by COVID-19

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Deadline Date:

05/21/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA community health centers to restore behavioral health services that were disrupted due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is primarily intended for direct patient services.

The purpose of this program is to enable community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders, referred to as co-occurring disorder (COD). SAMHSA recognizes the needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, including minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities, have not been met during the pandemic and that CMHC staff and other caregivers have been impacted. 

Examples of likely unmet needs could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Timely access to and availability of early intervention, and treatment for mental health impact of the pandemic and worsening of pre-existing mental health conditions.
  • Availability of in-person socially distanced or virtual intensive treatment programs.
  • Availability and access to timely medications, e.g., long-acting injectables, clozapine, and others.
  • Access to private and safe space to conduct virtual treatment sessions.
  • Under-utilization of crisis services due to fear of the pandemic.

Required Activities: In Section B.1 of the Project Narrative, applicants must indicate the total number of unduplicated individuals that will be served each year of the grant and over the total project period. You are expected to achieve the numbers that are proposed. Project implementation is expected to begin by the fourth month after award. You must use SAMHSA’s services grant funds primarily to support direct services.

The following are the activities that every grant project must implement. Required activities must be reflected in the Project Narrative in Section V.

  • Establish, strengthen, and/or sustain the infrastructure necessary to provide audio and audio-visual HIPAA compliant telehealth capabilities.
  • Provide outpatient services for individuals with SED, SMI, and COD in your service area.
  • Provide trauma informed screening, assessment, diagnosis, and patient-centered treatment planning and treatment delivery.
  • Provide clinical and recovery support services (e.g., psychosocial rehabilitation, case management services, peer support).
  • Develop and provide resources to address the mental health needs of CMHC staff

For a list of allowable activities and other expectations, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 195440

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards 165 to 825

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Award Amount: From $500,000 to $2,500,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 9/30/2021
Length of Project: Up to two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Community Mental Health Centers, including state and local government-operated Community Mental Health Centers, as defined by Section 1913(c) of the Public Health Services Act.

SAMHSA believes that only existing, experienced, and appropriately credentialed organizations with demonstrated infrastructure and expertise will be able to provide the required services quickly and effectively. Applicants must meet two additional requirements related to the provision of services.

The two requirements are:

• A CMHC must be the applicant organization; and
• Must have at least two years of experience (as of the due date of the application) providing relevant services (official documents must establish that the organization has provided relevant services for the last two years).

[Note: The above requirements apply to all CMHCs. A license from an individual clinician will not be accepted in lieu of a CMHC license/certification. See Appendix C – Statement of Assurance.]

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on May 21, 2021.

All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. If you are interested in applying for this announcement, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and (see below for all registration requirements).

You are required to complete four (4) registration processes:
1. Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (to obtain a DUNS number);
2. System for Award Management (SAM);
3.; and
4. eRA Commons.

You can find additional information about the eRA Commons registration process at

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Issues:

Asha Stanly
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
(240) 276-1845

Grants Management and Budget Issues:

Odessa Crocker
Office of Financial Resources
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1078

For grant review process and application status questions contact:

Cynthia Riddick
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grant Review
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1115

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