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Primary Mental Health Program

Grants to Connecticut Boards of Education for Emotional
and Behavioral Health Interventions in Grades PreK-3

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Primary Mental Health Program

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09/24/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Connecticut local and regional boards of education to implement programs in their districts that assess PreK-3 students in order to detect emotional, behavioral, and learning issues. Priority will be given to new applicants, districts that can show the project will increase parental involvement and support components over and above the minimal requirements, districts that will be able to continue the program, and priority and alliance school districts.

The focus of this grant is on the implementation of the general education, school-based early detection, and intervention program, Primary Project, that serves children in pre-kindergarten through Grade 3. Primary Project participants have been identified as being at risk of developing behavior issues or school adjustment difficulties. Continuing districts are encouraged to implement complementary mental health components to enhance the impact of Primary Project.

In determining if a board of education shall be granted funds, the Commissioner shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors:

- Availability in the school and community of professional, paraprofessional and other program staff with background and experience in early intervention;

- Availability of space to accommodate the program in an elementary school building;

- Demonstration of strong support by administrative personnel, teaching staff, pupil personnel staff and local community mental health centers; and

- Reasonable evidence of future stability of the program (i.e., readiness for new districts and ongoing support for continuing districts); and

- The number of children enrolled in grades kindergarten through Grade 2 inclusive, in a school under the jurisdiction of such board of education experiencing behavioral, disciplinary, or early school adjustment problems.

Preference will be granted according to the following criteria:

1) Applicants who have never before been awarded funding to support PMHP activities will receive a bonus of five points in the proposal scoring.

2) Districts that indicate in their proposal how Primary Project will create opportunities for parent involvement and support components that exceed the minimum requirements will receive up to a bonus of five points in the proposal scoring.

3) Districts that provide evidence of future stability of the program and its personnel through a continuation plan that includes explicit school board support for the continued implementation of Primary Project will receive a bonus of five points in the proposal scoring.

4) Priority school districts that apply will be awarded a five-point bonus in the proposal scoring.

5) Alliance School Districts that apply will be awarded a five-point bonus in the proposal scoring.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172315

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum grant award. The maximum grant award for both new and continuing districts is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local or regional boards of education may apply for these grants. A PMHP supported under the terms of this announcement must be school-based and focus on the provision of services to children prekindergarten through Grade 3.

Applicants should take special note of the following criteria:

1) New applicants must operate the standard PMHP model (hereafter called “Primary Project”), as outlined on pages 4-6 of the attached RFP.

2) If a school district has previously received state funding at any time to offer Primary Project (hereafter called “Continuing Districts”) the district may reapply if, and only if, the district offers Primary Project minimally at the previously funded level, and:

-Expands Primary Project to offer one or more additional schools; or

-Implements or continues a Complementary Mental Health Component (CMHC) at the same school as outlined on pages 6-7.

3) The services provided by school-based mental health professionals must be provided as in-kind contribution by the school district and not included in the proposed budget (i.e., Appendix C).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals, irrespective of postmark date and means of transmittal, must be received by 4:00 p.m. on September 24, 2018. Extensions will not be given.

Continuing districts must apply a minimum of 80 percent of state funds to Primary Project. Therefore, a maximum of 20 percent of state funds may be designated to the CMHC. For continuing applicants, the school district must contribute at least $5,000.

Salaries of school personnel (e.g., administrators and school mental health professionals) may not be included as part of the school district’s contribution.

Funds may not be used to support staff work beyond Primary Project activities as indicated in the approved district’s grant proposal, nor may funds be used for student field placement stipends.

No grant will be awarded to a school district without approval from its school board. Documentation of such approval should be provided with this application. If it is not possible for you to obtain School Board approval prior to September 24, 2018, please submit the application according to the timelines written herein and provide information regarding when the next board meeting will be held and when board approval will be provided. The Program Manager, in consultation with the Chief of the Bureau of Special Education, will determine if the applicant’s proposed date for submission of the School Board approval is acceptable.

Contact Information:

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

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Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to:
Andrea Brinnel, Program Manager
Primary Mental Health Program
Connecticut State Department of Education
Academic Office - Bureau of Special Education

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2219, Suite 604
Hartford, CT 06145-2219
Phone: (860) 713-6941

Hand Delivery Address:
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 604
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
(860) 713-6771

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP 026

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut