Initiative to Improve Access to Needs-Driven, Evidence-Based/Evidence-informed Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Child Welfare

HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CO-0279


Summary

Funding Oppportunity Title: Initiative to Improve Access to Needs-Driven, Evidence-Based/Evidence-informed Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Child Welfare
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CO-0279
Program Office: Children's Bureau
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.652
Post Date: 05/21/2012
Application Due Date: 07/20/2012

Description

This forecast updates the previously forecasted Integrating Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Practice in Child Protective Service (CPS) Delivery. The previously forecasted FOA on Integrating Trauma is now Initiative to Improve Access to Needs-Driven, Evidence-Based/Evidence-informed Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Child Welfare.

The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB), announces the availability of competitive grant funds authorized by the Adoption Opportunities Program. The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for projects that will improve the social and emotional well-being of targeted children and youth in child welfare systems that have mental and behavioral health needs. These grants, in the form of cooperative agreements, are designed to:

  • Assist public child welfare agencies, through interagency collaboration, in improving adoption outcomes by creating a flexible service array that provides early access to effective mental and behavioral health services that match the needs of children, youth, and families in the service population;
  • Support the implementation of evidence-based or evidence-informed screening, assessment, case planning, and service array reconfiguration practices in child welfare systems while simultaneously targeting and de-scaling practices and services that: 1) are not effective; and/or 2) do not meet the assessed needs of the target population;
  • Identify factors and strategies associated with successful installation, implementation, and sustainability of service system changes, and;
  • Evaluate the effect of implemented system changes on safety, permanency, well-being and adoption outcomes.

Applicants should carefully review this full FOA and consider the level of effort necessary to meet the purpose of the FOA and the evaluation-related requirements. To fully meet the intent of the FOA, grantees must adopt and implement a combination of specific, clearly-defined screening, assessment, case planning and service array reconfiguration activities. To do so, grantees must ensure that their proposed interventions and integrated programs are an appropriate fit for the characteristics and needs of the groups targeted for services. Further, the grantee's approach and plan must be feasible based on the capacity, resources, collaborative infrastructure, and conditions of the systems in which the program strategies are to be delivered.

Grant funds may be used for the process of service transformation efforts to improve access to appropriate, evidence-based or evidence-informed mental and behavioral health services. Activities may include, but are not limited to building collaborative partnerships, assessment, planning, capacity-building, training, installation, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.  Successful applicants will design a plan to sustain service transformations within their child welfare service delivery systems.

It is anticipated that these awards will be for a 60-month project with five 12-month budget periods.

The estimated award ceiling is $640,000 per budget period. 


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