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Apply now for $35 million in SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Integration grants

May 4, 2012
by Dennis Grantham
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Grants aimed at improving the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI) who have or are at risk for co-occurring primary care conditions and chronic diseases.

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $35.78 million in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants over the next four years. The purpose of this program is providing for the provision of coordinated and integrated services by co-locating primary and specialty care medical services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings. The goal is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI) who have or are at risk for co-occurring primary care conditions and chronic diseases. The objective of this program is to: improve the health of those with SMI, enhance the consumer’s experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability), and reduce and control the per capita cost of care.

SAMHSA expects that up to $35.78 million will be available for up to 32 grants of up to $400,000 per grant annually, for up to four years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: Qualified community mental health programs, as defined under section 1913(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. [See Section III-1 of the RFA for complete eligibility information.]

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for RFA No. SM-12-008 are available by calling SAMHSA’s Information Line at 1-877-SAMHSA7 [TDD: 1-800-487-4889] or by downloading the application at http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/index.aspx.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online using www.grants.gov.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: June 8, 2012. Applications must be received by the due date and on time to be considered for review. Please carefully review Section IV-3 of the application announcement for submission requirements.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Trina Dutta at (240)-276-1944 or Trina.Dutta@samhsa.hhs.gov. For questions on grants management issues contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240)-276-1408 or Gwendolyn.Simpson@samhsa.hhs.gov.

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