The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Use Prevention (CSAP), are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Tribal Behavioral Health grant program (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years.
The Native Connections program is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood.
Approximately $12,797,090 was available in funding for FY19
It is expected that recipients will develop and implement an array of integrated services and supports to prevent suicide and reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders and trauma. Recipients should lead efforts to improve coordination among mental health, trauma, suicide prevention, and prevention services for tribal youth and their families. AI/AN community members should be involved in all grant activities, including planning, program implementation, and evaluation. At a minimum, community members should include youth, family members, tribal leaders, and spiritual advisors.
Eligibility is limited to federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes and tribal organizations.
A consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.
Applications were to be submitted by February 8, 2021. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.
Approximately $7,320,000 is available in funding. Awards are up to $250,000. 29 awards are anticipated. Cost sharing/matching is not required.