Mental Health Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health


To provide supplemental emergency mental health counseling to individuals affected by major disasters, including the training of workers to provide such counseling.

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 7 awards will be made. 10 awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2017 There were 6 awards made.
Fiscal Year 2018 17 awards made.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is estimated 20 awards will be made.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is estimated 21 awards will be made.
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act., Section 416, Public Law 100-707
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants may be State or local nonprofit agencies as recommended by the State Governor and accepted by the Secretary.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals who were victims of major disasters.
Costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR Part 92 for State and local governments, must be used for this program..,
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application forms as Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 required by 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments, must be used for this program. Application form (SF-424) is submitted by the State Coordinating Officer to the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, no later than 60 days following declaration of a disaster. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 92 for State and local governments.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by an objective review committee and recommended for approval or disapproval. Final determination for an award is made by Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. 30 to 60 days.
How are proposals selected?
Presidential declaration of the disaster area. Justified need for supplementary services.
How may assistance be used?
Provides funds for staff, travel, consultants and other expenses incident to the provision of mental health counseling to and referral of individuals in a disaster area. Funds may not be used for long-term treatment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The project officers monitors grantee's progress through frequent site visits and request for budget changes, etc.
In addition, 45 CFR 74.26 requires that for-profit recipients and subrecipients have an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards or Circular No. A-133.
Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance may be for 9 months with a possible extension of up to 90 days as approved by FEMA Regional Director. SAMHSA Grants Management Office notifies grantees through a Notice of Award (NoA).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency in the appropriate regional office. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)
Headquarters Office
Roger George
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 2402761418
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$52,299,892.00; FY 19 est $38,352,998.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$694,600 to $2,134,752; $1,305,100
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See 44 CFR 205. Guidelines available in application kit. Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health, HHS Publication No. (ADM) 76-327. HHS Grants Policy Statement, HHS (Rev.) January 1, 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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