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


To provide community-based systems of care for children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance and their families. The program will ensure that services are provided collaboratively across child-serving systems; that each child or adolescent served through the program receives an individualized service plan developed with the participation of the family (and, where appropriate, the child); that each individualized plan designates a case manager to assist the child and family; and that funding is provided for mental health services required to meet the needs of youngsters in these systems.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 it is estimated 32 awards will be made. 64 awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2017 73 awards will be made.
Fiscal Year 2018 84 awards made.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is estimated 48 awards will be made.
Fiscal Year 2021 It is estimated 56 awards will be made.
Fiscal Year 2022 71 awards were made
Fiscal Year 2023 79 awards were made
Public Health Services Act, Title V, Part E, Section 561, Public Law 102-321, 42 U.S.C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, political subdivisions of a State, such as county or local governments, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children under age 22 with a diagnosed serious emotional disturbance, serious behavioral disorder, or serious mental disorder.
In order for an entity to be eligible it must provide the following credentials or documentation along with an application for assistance: (1) Documentation that the State mental health agency of the applicant receives funds from the Center for Mental Health Services Community Mental Health Services Block Grant; (2) documentation that the applicant entity is qualified to deliver services under the State Medicaid Plan and has an agreement to do so, either directly or through a service provider organization; (3) documentation that the State has an approved plan for the development of a system of care for community-based services for children with a serious emotional disturbance approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For the purpose of this program, an approved State Mental Health Plan for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance submitted in accordance with the requirements of Section 1912 of the Public Health Service Act, will be accepted as such a plan; and (4) matching requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard application forms, as Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 and required by 45 CFR Part 92 for State and local governments.
Award Procedure
Applications submitted are reviewed in a two- tired peer review process. Grants in support of projects recommended for approval by the initial review group and the Center for Mental Health Services Advisory Council are awarded directly to the applicant organization.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
How are proposals selected?
The following review criteria will be used in evaluating proposals: (1) Potential significance of the proposed project; (2) appropriateness of goals and objectives; (3) adequacy and appropriateness of the proposed approach and activities; (4) evidence of the State's readiness and commitment to the proposed project; (5) commitment to family participation in system development and care of their children and adolescents; (6) degree of cultural competence demonstrated; (7) capability and experience of project director, consultants, and other key staff; (8) adequacy of available resources; (9) reasonableness of the proposed budget; (10) cooperation in the evaluation activities; and (11) evidence of activities directed at developing continues funding support. Award criteria include: (1) quality of proposed project as determined by the review process; (2) geographical distribution; and (3) availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used for salaries, wages and fringe benefits of professional and support staff; travel directly related to carrying out service activities; supplies, communications, and rental of equipment and space; training specifically aimed at one of the following: the development of individualized service plans; the provision of therapeutic foster care, group home care; intensive home-based services, or intensive day treatment services; administration of the system; and appropriate continuing education of two days or less; contracts for performance of activities under the approved project; and other such items necessary to support project activities. Grant funds and required matching funds may not be used for: other required services; to purchase or improve real estate property; provide residential care and/or services in residential treatment centers serving more than 10 children in inpatient hospital settings; any training activities with the exception of those mentioned above; and non-mental health services including mental health medical services, educational services, vocational counseling and rehabilitation, and protection and advocacy.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: SAMHSA, monitors the grants programs through monthly conference calls, site visits, continuation application and quarterly progress reports.
Not applicable.
There is a 3-year record retention requirement: records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if the final audit has not been done or findings resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 100%.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: A requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies that a recipient must maintain a specified level of financial effort in the health area for which Federal funds will be provided in order to receive Federal grant funds. This requirement is usually given in terms of a previous base-year dollar amount.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project will be funded for up to 6 years. Payments will be made under an Electronic Transfer System. SAMHSA, awards grants projects for the twelve months budget period release and release at the time award is issued.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Roger George
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 2402761418
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$99,426,837.00; FY 23 est $110,317,259.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 20$27,167,122.00; FY 21 est $69,187,397.00; FY 19$64,099,899.00; FY 18$96,854,583.00; FY 17$97,618,856.00; FY 16$86,224,702.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$376,096 to $2,000,000; $1,329,454
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS awards; also the HHS Grants Policy Statement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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