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
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 48 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2015: it is estimated14 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2016: it is estimated14 awards will be 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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 office, 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. 100% of funds are set aside for discretionary activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
CMHI and CH requires quarterly program reports. No cash reports are required. CMHI and CH requires quarterly program reports. The (SF-425) Federal Financial Report is required by SAMHSA, Division of Grants Management 90 days after the end of each 12 month period and 90 days after the final 12 month period. SAMHSA, monitors the grants programs through monthly coference calls, site visits, continuation application and quarterly progress reports.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 100.%.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. 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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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
Headquarters Office
Roger George 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850 Email: Phone: 2402761418
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $57,584,548; FY 15 est $12,059,334; and FY 16 est $11,895,707
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$376,096 to $2,000,000; $1,329,454.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 92. Guidelines are provided along with instructions in application kits. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Revised April 1, 1994).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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