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Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.243
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 9, 2017

For programmatic questions:
Dr. Michelle Carnes

For financial and grants management questions:
Gwendolyn Simpson


Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections) awards funding for projects designed to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to the age of 24.

Applicants are encouraged to address behavioral health disparities by promoting the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the populations served.

Although each grantee's program will be different and reflect the needs, values, and culture of their community, all grantees must:

  • Develop and implement a variety of integrated services designed to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders and complex trauma and to prevent suicide
  • Involve AI/AN community members in all grant activities, including planning and carrying out the plan
  • Assess community needs and strengths related to preventing and reducing suicides and substance abuse among tribal young people
  • Assess needs, identify gaps, and develop a plan that the tribe will pilot after year one of the grant
  • Identify and connect the behavioral health services organizations that exist in their community
  • Address behavioral health conditions that affect learning in the Bureau of Indian Education schools
  • Lead efforts to improve coordination among mental health, trauma, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention services for tribal young people and their families
  • Work with SAMHSA’s evaluation contractor to develop the infrastructure to collect surveillance data on suicide attempts, suicide deaths, and underage drinking

Eligible applicants are federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $200,000 per year for up to 5 years
Estimated total program funding: $6,400,000
Estimated number of awards: 32

Application process

Links to program guidance and online application procedures are available on the program website.

SAMHSA has changed its registration and application requirements. It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the registration process 6 weeks in advance of the application deadline.

Tagged as
Access · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Behavioral health · Children and youth · Families · Mental health · Mortality · Substance abuse · Suicide and suicide prevention

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