SAMHSA FY 2011 State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of $15.3 million in expected FY 2011 funds for the State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants. The SAMHSA expects to make 32 awards, with a maximum of $480,000 per award per year for a three-year period. Federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations are among those eligible to apply for these funds.

The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. The funds are to be used to increase the:

  • number of persons in youth-serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, and juvenile justice programs trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide
  • number of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide
  • number of youth identified as at risk for suicide
  • number of youth at risk for suicide referred for behavioral health care services
  • number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services
  • promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The SAMHSA will hold technical assistance conference calls on January 18 and 20 at 4-5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). The January 20 session will focus on tribes/tribal organizations and other entities working with or interested in working with tribes. Instructions for accessing the teleconference are as follows:

Email and label the subject line: STATE-TRIBAL RFA TA REGISTRATION and provide the name(s), position, organization, and indicate the date of the call they wish to attend. Once your email is received, a confirmation email will be sent along with the dial-in information.

It should be noted that the grant announcement is based on anticipated FY 2011 funding but final appropriations may impact the number of awards. Additionally, tribes and other entities who previously received a State/Tribal Youth Suicide grant are eligible to apply for an FY 2011 grant but must explain how a new award will “build on and/or expand the work of the previous grant award” as opposed to being just a continuation of that work. Other application requirements and details are contained in the application package. A complete application kit may be requested from SAMHSA at 1-877-726-4727 or downloaded from the SAMHSA website at

The application deadline is February 16, 2011. There are two options for submitting a grant application: 1) electronic submission through, or 2) paper submission. Electronic applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time). Hard copy applications are due by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) via Federal Express (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS) or the United States Postal Service (USPS) Express Mail.

Questions on program issues may be addressed to Michelle Carnes, Ph.D., at (240) 276-1096 or Questions related to grants management issues may be addressed to Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or

Please let us know if we may provide additional information regarding the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants.