Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program

CFDA Number

93.104 -- Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED)

Funding Opportunity Number (FON)



 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration


The purpose of this program is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving, expanding and sustaining services provided through a system of care (SOC) approach for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The intent of the System of Care Expansion Planning Grants is to build and expand upon the progress achieved in the Comprehensive Community Mental Health for Children and Their Families Program (CMHI) by addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families/caregivers. SAMHSA expects that these grants will help facilitate state/tribal and territory wide adoption of SOC framework and increase state Medicaid and other third party reimbursement for the SOC spectrum of services and supports. Applicants are expected to create comprehensive and sustainable plans for infrastructure, services, and supports that are consistent with the requirements authorized under Section 561 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The SOC Expansion Planning Grants closely align with SAMHSA's Trauma and Justice, Recovery Support, and Health Reform Strategic Initiatives by focusing resources on reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American communities and addressing the behavioral health impacts of trauma through a systematic public health approach. In addition, SOC Expansion Planning Grants provide support for transition age youth by facilitating collaboration between child and adult serving agencies when serving older youth who are transitioning to adulthood. 

Eligible Applicants

 Funding Amount

Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000

Award Ceiling: $800,000

Target Population

Children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Geographic Target



 March 19, 2014


Gwendolyn Simpson Office of Financial Resources

Division of Grants Management

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

1 Choke Cherry Road Room 7-1091

Rockville, Maryland 20857 (240) 276-1408

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