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COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.665
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 22, 2020

For programmatic or technical questions:
Beverly Vayhinger

For fiscal and budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions:
Sherresa Bailey-Jones


This program (Short Title: COVID-19 ERSP) provides grants to support states and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older.

Required activities include:

  • Develop and implement a plan for rapid follow-up of adults who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis after discharge from emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Establish follow-up and care transition protocols to help ensure patient safety, especially among high risk adults in health or behavioral healthcare settings who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis, including those with serious mental illnesses and/or substance use disorder(s)
  • Provide, or assure provision of, suicide prevention training to community and clinical service providers and systems serving adults at risk
  • Work across state and/or community departments and systems in order to implement comprehensive suicide prevention
  • Provide suicide screening and assessment and appropriate clinical treatment services required as a result of the assessment
  • Provide community recovery supports to assist individuals who have attempted or are at risk for attempting suicide, including supports for impacted household members
  • Provide telehealth options available both by telephone only and by audio-visual service provision
  • Provide enhanced services for victims of domestic violence and their dependents including a safe place to stay in the event that individuals are unable to remain safely in the home setting

SAMHSA intends to make an equitable distribution of awards in terms of geography (including urban, rural and remote settings) and balance among populations of focus and program size.


Eligible applicants include:

  • States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories
  • Community-based primary care and behavioral healthcare organizations
  • Community-based service providers able to meet psychiatric and psychosocial needs of clients
  • Public health agencies
  • Emergency departments
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of Tribes and Tribal organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $800,000
Project period: 16 months
Estimated number of awards: 50
Estimated total program funding: $40,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Depression · Networking and collaboration · Substance use and misuse · Suicide and suicide prevention · Telehealth

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