THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The purpose 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 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 and well-being 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.