Block Grants for Community Mental Health Services
To provide financial assistance to States and Territories to enable them to carry out the State's plan for providing comprehensive community mental health services to adults with a serious mental illness and to children with a serious emotional disturbance; monitor the progress in implementing a comprehensive community based mental health system; provide technical assistance to States and the Mental Health Planning Council that will assist the States in planning and implementing a comprehensive community based mental health system.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
59 awards will be made. 59 awards were made.Fiscal Year 2017
59 awards will be made.Fiscal Year 2018
59 awards madeFiscal Year 2019
It is estimated 59 awards will be made.
Public Health Service Act, Subpart 1 and III, Title XIX, Part B
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States and U.S. Territory Governments
Recipients of State and U.S. Territory Governments
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Portions of 2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 applies to this program. Chief Executive Officer of the State or Territory must apply annually for an allotment. States are required to submit an application which contains a State Plan that describes comprehensive community mental health services for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance; an Implementation Report that describes State progress in implementing the plan for the preceding year; recommendations from the State Mental Health Planning Council; a report on expenditure of the preceding fiscal year's block grant funds; a maintenance of effort report and agreements signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the State.
Grant Awards are issued directly by The Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the designated State agency.
July 1, 2019 to September 1, 2019 The application is due no later than September 1 of the fiscal year for which MHBG funding is being requested. The implementation report is due by December 1.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
How are proposals selected?
Applications must fulfill statutory and regulatory requirements. For information regarding statutory and regulatory requirements, contact Tison Thomas, Division of State & Community Systems Development, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, HHS, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: (240) 276-1100.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used at the discretion of the state to achieve the described objectives except for certain requirements. State plans must meet prescribed criteria. Services under the plan will be provided only through appropriate, qualified community programs (which may include community mental health centers, child mental-health programs, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, mental health peer-support programs and mental-health primary consumer- directed programs). Services under the plan will be provided through community mental health centers only if the centers meet prescribed criteria. Up to 5 percent of grant funds may be used for administering the funds. Funds may not be used to provide inpatient services; to make cash payments to intended recipients of health services; to purchase or improve land, purchase, construct, or permanently improve (other than minor remodeling) any building or other facility, or purchase major medical equipment; to satisfy any requirement for the expenditure of nonfederal funds as a condition for the receipt of Federal funds; or to provide financial assistance to any entity other than a public or nonprofit private entity. States are required to provide systems of integrated services for children with SED. Each year the State shall expend not less than the amount expended in FY 1994. States are also required to set aside 10 percent of their allocation for implementing programs showing strong evidence of effectiveness that targets individuals with early serious mental illness including psychotic disorders. Other statutory requirements also apply.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Each State must maintain records which are consistent with their State laws and requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title XIX Part B Subpart I and III Public Law 106-310 Statutory Formula: Title XIX Chapter Part B Subpart I and III
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: Under 42 USC, 300x-4(b), States are required to maintain aggregate State expenditures for authorized activities at a level that is not less than the average level of such expenditures maintained by the State for the 2-year period preceding the fiscal year for which the State is applying for the grant.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each allotment is available for obligation and expenditure during the fiscal year in which it was allotted through the end of the subsequent fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$722,571,000.00; FY 19 est $722,571,000.00; FY 20 est $722,571,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $95,047,871; Avg. $11,608,623
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 96; also portions of 2 CFR Part 200/45 CFR Part 75.
Examples of Funded Projects