Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Funding Agency:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness (Short Title: CSS-SMI) grant. The purpose of this program is provide technical assistance (TA) for the implementation and provision of evidence-based treatment and recovery support programs for individuals living with serious mental illness (SMI). The program aims to establish a national Center to provide this TA to providers, programs and communities across the nation.

The program initiative will focus on the development and delivery of technical assistance that supports the implementation of evidence-based practices in the person- centered treatment and recovery support of individuals with SMI. The CSS-SMI is intended to target localities and populations, particularly those with SMI, who currently have limited access to good care that incorporates evidence-based practices. This is in alignment with the Interdepartmental SMI Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) recommendations that more people with SMI get good care and that there are fewer gaps in obtaining treatment and recovery support services for persons with SMI. The CSS-SMI is intended to have two particular clinical foci: 1. Promotion of the optimization of and increased access to the safe use of evidence-based and person-centered pharmacological interventions that are beneficial in the treatment of many persons with SMI, such as long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications and the use of clozapine and 2. Increased access and engagement so that more people with SMI are able to get good care. In this context, good care includes access to a range of person-centered services, such as crisis services, that are equipped to work with individuals with SMI. Good care also includes access to a set of recovery support services that are provided by professionals, including peer support specialists, who work together with psychiatric medical staff and over time to seamlessly coordinate and optimize person-centered recovery.  We are particularly interested in the promotion and implementation of optimal pharmacologic treatment and recovery support services in localities of greatest need. These components of the initiative focus on the education and training needs of service providers and implementation needs of programs providing services to those living with SMI.  Provision of information about best practices as they relate to prevention, treatment and recovery services for SMI oriented toward the needs of individuals living with these conditions and their families is also an important component of this initiative. Because this project requires a national focus that addresses all aspects of SMI, consortia of providers, academic programs, and other stakeholders are encouraged.  


Deadline: March 19, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.  For example:

  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Guild and/or professional organizations
  • National stakeholder groups



Amount Description

Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
One Award
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $2,900,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 5 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $2,900,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Funding Type





Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 19, 2018