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Minority Fellowship Program

Grant to a USA Nonprofit to Improve Treatment of
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care for Minorities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Deadline Date:

06/25/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA nonprofit organization to improve treatment of substance abuse and mental health care outcomes for ethnic and racial minorities throughout the nation. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

Executive Summary:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (Short Title: MFP). The purpose of this program is to reduce behavioral health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations by: (1) increasing the knowledge of behavioral health professionals on issues related to treatment and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a substance use disorder (SUD); (2) improving the quality of SUD treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) increasing the number of culturally competent professionals in psychology focusing on services appropriate for those with SUDs, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct SUD services to racial and ethnic minority populations.

Purpose:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (Short Title: MFP). The purpose of this program is to reduce behavioral health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations by: (1) increasing the knowledge of behavioral health professionals on issues related to treatment and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a substance use disorder (SUD); (2) improving the quality of SUD treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) increasing the number of culturally competent professionals in psychology focusing on services appropriate for those with SUDs, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct SUD services to racial and ethnic minority populations.

The SUD treatment and recovery needs of racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States have been historically unmet due to the scarcity of practitioners equipped to address this population’s needs. The MFP increases the number of behavioral health professionals with knowledge of issues related to treatment and recovery support for SUD among racial and ethnic minority populations. This program aims to specifically expand the training of professionals with a focus in psychology, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine.

Expectations:

Key Personnel:

Key personnel are staff members who must be part of the project regardless of whether or not they receive a salary or compensation from the project. These staff members must make a substantial contribution to the execution of the project.

The key personnel for the MFP will be the Project Director. This position requires prior approval by SAMHSA after a review of staff credentials and job description.

Required Activities:

MFP funds must be primarily used to support infrastructure development and stipends to master’s and doctoral level students pursuing a degree in psychology with an emphasis on addiction treatment and medical residents who have elected to pursue a specialty training in addiction psychiatry or addiction medicine at ACGME accredited addition psychiatry or addiction medicine residency training programs across the U.S.

The following required activities must be reflected in the Project Narrative:

-On a national level, recruit, support, and provide stipends to master’s and doctoral level students or physicians in training in one of the following disciplines: addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine, or psychology. These stipends should increase knowledge of issues related to treatment and recovery support for SUD among racial and ethnic populations. Recipients must implement recruitment strategies that will ensure diverse program participants from master’s and doctoral level programs, as well as medical programs, across the U.S. are attracted to the project.

-Develop policies and protocols for disbursement of funds directly to Fellows. Funds can be used to pay for costs of training, tuition, books/materials, living expenses (during the period of study), and stipends for internships/traineeships if not otherwise covered. Funds may also be used for completion of an additional addiction certificate program (to include up to 12 credits) for psychology students post completion of a Masters or Doctoral degree. The grantee will also identify internships and employment opportunities for Fellows in organizations across the country that provide SUD services to racial and ethnic minority populations.

-Maintain an administrative and financial structure necessary to support full MFP program implementation, including the management and distribution of Fellow stipends and other training related costs.

-Collaborate and develop relationships with accredited graduate and medical schools throughout the U.S. to recruit individuals committed to serving racial and ethnic minority populations with SUDs.

-Develop a national network of professionals to serve as mentors to the Fellows to provide support and assistance with employment.

-Establish an advisory committee for the discipline-specific MFP (including but not limited to representation from behavioral health care consumers, persons in long term recovery, and family members) to provide consultation and guidance; assist in program planning, monitoring, and evaluation; and assist in the selection of MFP Fellows for the five year grant period.

-Review past recruiting data and target outreach and recruitment efforts to individuals/students committed to improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations.

-Develop and implement a plan for tracking and confirming Fellows’ completion of academic requirements and fulfillment of Fellows’ requirements (i.e., working in a setting that provides substance use services to racial and ethnic minority populations).

Allowable Activities:

SAMHSA’s MFP grants will also support the following types of activities:

-Develop and maintain promotional materials and related documents (e.g., program brochures, training announcements). All materials are to be reviewed and approved by SAMHSA prior to publication and should include the following language: This project is supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), under TI-18-013 Minority Fellowship Program and should not include any language that requires Fellows to be a member of the recipient’s professional organization.

-Work collaboratively with federal partners (e.g., Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Services Corps, SAMHSA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence, Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, and SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity) to foster training and employment opportunities.

-Encourage students to specialize in areas where personnel shortages frequently occur within underserved minority communities (e.g., adolescent and aging populations; behavioral health/SUD treatment provider organizations for minority communities in inner cities and rural areas; services or treatment for minority persons, including LGBT, with substance use and/or co-occurring disorders; etc.).

-Support limited training of faculty and staff at colleges and universities that are training MFP Fellows.

Other Expectations:

If your application is funded, you will be expected to develop a behavioral health disparities impact statement no later than 60 days after your award.

Although people with behavioral health conditions represent about 25 percent of the U.S. adult population, these individuals account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked and can experience serious health consequences. A growing body of research shows that quitting smoking can improve mental health and addiction recovery outcomes. Research shows that many smokers with behavioral health conditions want to quit, can quit, and can benefit from proven smoking cessation treatments. SAMHSA strongly encourages all recipients to adopt a tobacco-free facility/grounds policy and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products (except in regard to accepted tribal traditions and practices).

SAMHSA encourages all recipients to address the behavioral health needs of returning veterans and their families in designing and developing their programs and to consider prioritizing this population for services, where appropriate. SAMHSA will encourage its recipients to utilize and provide technical assistance for service members, veterans and their families. This includes efforts to engage their staff in cultural competency training courses and to collaborate with key organizations in their local communities that are focused on serving this population.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128550

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is September 30, 2018. The length of the project period is up to 5 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Public or private nonprofit professional organizations representing SUD treatment professionals in the fields of addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine, and psychology. These organizations have the necessary mechanisms and databases for identifying candidate Fellows and the infrastructure and expertise to carry out grant activities. As such, these entities are uniquely qualified to administer the MFP program.

The applicant must submit a Certificate of Eligibility identifying the discipline they have selected. The applicant must also attest that they: meet all eligibility requirements; have direct involvement in curriculum development, school accreditation, and master’s, doctoral, and medical educational programs; and have the mechanisms and databases in place for identifying and supporting candidates for MFP Fellowships. The Certificate of Eligibility should be included as Attachment 4 of your application. Any application that does not include a complete and signed Certificate of Eligibility will be considered ineligible and will not be reviewed.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on June 25, 2018.

Important Application Information: SAMHSA’s application procedures have changed. All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov (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. Grants.gov;and
4. eRACommons.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=TI-18-013

Contact Information:

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

Program Issues:

Shannon B. Taitt
Quality Improvement and Workforce Development Branch
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/SAMHSA
(240) 276-1691
Shannon.taitt@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
(240) 276-1412
FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.243

Funding or Pin Number:

TI-18-013

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming