Mental Health Awareness Training Grants

Posted: December 16, 2020

Deadline: February 5, 2021

Grantor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Additional Information

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2021 Mental Health Awareness Training grants. The purpose of this program is to:

  • train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED)
  • establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services
  • train emergency services personnel, law enforcement, fire department personnel, veterans, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques, and
  • educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with SMI and/or SED.

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, for example:

  • State governments and territories
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town (e.g., local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire department, emergency medical units)
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
  • Community- and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families
  • Public or private universities and colleges.

Program Contact
Program Issues
CAPT Maryann Robinson
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Phone: (240) 276-1883

Grants Management and Budget Issues
Corey Sullivan
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Phone: (240) 276-1213

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