Community Action Grants Available To NAMI Organizations
COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS FOR SERVICE SYSTEM CHANGE
Purpose: The Community Action Grant Program--developed by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)--is designed to stimulate the community adoption of exemplary practices by convening partners, building consensus, aiding in decision-support and adaptation of service models. Grants do not support direct funding of services, but are designed to help communities identify and build consensus around exemplary service delivery practices that meet local needs.
The Action Grant program is part of a larger set of CMHS program activities known as Knowledge Development and Application (KDA). The overall goal of KDA activities is to promote continuous improvement of service delivery systems for people with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances.
Potential Applicants: Applicants may be any organization that is willing to sponsor an exemplary practice and take responsibility for facilitating its adoption in a specific community. Consumer and family groups, community leaders, providers and public agencies are good examples of potential applicants.
Availability of Funds: The maximum amount available for Community Action Grants is $150,000 in total costs. The grant period is one year.
Program Status: Since FY 1997, CMHS has funded 67 Phase I Community Action Grants for consensus building and 14 Phase II grants for help with implementation. Examples of exemplary practices funded include integrated mental health and substance abuse services, wrap around services for emotionally disturbed children, supported employment models, law enforcement training, consumer leadership training, assertive community treatment programs, strengths-based case management, integrated services for homeless individuals, family education about mental illness, and gatekeeper programs for at-risk elderly. It is expected that 20-25 new Phase I awards will be made in FY 2000.
Program Announcement (PA): Applicants compete for funding by responding to PA-00-003. It is listed on the SAMHSA World Wide Web page http://www.samhsa.gov/GRANT/0100titles.htm Applications are received on May 10 and September 10 each year. (NAMI recognizes that most NAMI organizations would have extreme difficulty meeting the May 10 deadline, and if NAMI organizations decide to apply, we recommend aiming for the September 10 deadline.)
Program Contacts: For more information contact Santo "Buddy" Ruiz (email@example.com) on 301-443-3653.
To obtain a printed copy of the Guidance for Applicants, contact: Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) at 800-789-2647 Voice; 301-443-9006 TTY; 301-984-8796 Fax or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI STAFF CONTACTS
The following NAMI staff can provide NAMI organizations with background information on existing program models that could be replicated:
PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) Elizabeth Edgar Elizabeth@nami.org
CITs (Crisis Intervention Teams)
CSTs (Consumer Satisfaction Teams)
Facility Monitoring Teams
Family to Family
Consumer Education Programs
The national NAMI regional directors for your state may also be helpful to you.
NAMI Field Operations
Director of Regional Operations
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
States: CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, VA
Brenda W. Johnson
States: AL, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, WV
States: AR, AZ, CO, IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX, WI
States: AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
PHASE I GOALS
The goal of the Phase I projects is to obtain a decision to adopt an exemplary practice in mental health services in the target community. The decision to adopt includes approval of a financing plan for the exemplary practice.
The following are examples of activities that may be supported within the applicant's work plan to achieve consensus for implementing the exemplary practice:
DESIGN - PHASE I
In order to accomplish the goals for Phase I, grantees will be expected to (1) identify an exemplary practice and (2) conduct a consensus building process that will build support among all key stakeholders for the adoption of an exemplary practice.
Exemplary Practice: An exemplary practice is a consistently applied service delivery mechanism which meets the specific criteria and is intended to improve outcomes for adults with serious mental illness or children with serious emotional disorder or persons with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. It might be specific, such as a precise clinical or related service protocol designed to ameliorate one aspect of an individual's disorder, or it might be general, such as a set of principles and criteria for treating individuals within the target population, such as a system of care for children with serious emotional disturbance. In each case, the practice must be fully documented with a detailed description of key operational components.
Consensus Building: Is a process that identifies all key stakeholder and addresses all issues (e.g., key stakeholder attitudes, needs, lack of understanding, buy-in; delivery systems policies, reorganization, staff training or education, appropriations, funding and maintenance of the exemplary practice) necessary to reach agreement among key stakeholders that the exemplary practice can and should be implemented.
PHASE II GOALS
The goal of the Phase II projects is to implement the exemplary practice in the target community. The following are examples of activities that may be supported within the applicant's work plan for the implementation of the exemplary practice:
DESIGN - PHASE II
In order to accomplish the goals of Phase II, the grantee is expected to implement a plan that will successfully adopt the exemplary practice into a system of care, including funding and maintenance of the practice supported by permanent funding sources. The plan will:
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