Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED)

To provide community-based systems of care for children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance and their families.

The program will ensure that services are provided collaboratively across child-serving systems; that each child or adolescent served through the program receives an

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individualized service plan developed with the participation of the family (and, where appropriate, the child); that each individualized plan designates a case manager to assist the child and family; and that funding is provided for mental health services required to meet the needs of youngsters in these systems.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Health Care Authority $ 3,000,000   2022-09-302026-09-29
Hancock, County Of $ 1,000,000   2022-09-302026-09-29
Health & Human Services, Rhode Island Executive Office Of $ 2,579,715   2022-09-302026-09-29
Human Services, North Dakota Department Of $ 3,000,000   2022-09-302026-09-29
My Health My Resources Of Tarrant County $ 1,000,000   2022-09-302026-09-29
Hennepin County $ 676,370   2022-09-302026-09-29
Health, Maryland Department Of $ 365,897   2022-09-302026-09-29
Oregon Health Authority Directors Office Financial Services $ 387,929   2022-09-302026-09-29
Austin-travis County Mental Health And Mental Retardation Center $ 400,000   2022-09-302026-09-29
Nevada Department Of Health And Human Services $ 399,926   2022-09-302026-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 64 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: It is estimated 60 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2018: It is estimated 41 awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for salaries, wages and fringe benefits of professional and support staff; travel directly related to carrying out service activities; supplies, communications, and rental of equipment and space; training specifically aimed at one of the following: the development of individualized service plans; the provision of therapeutic foster care, group home care; intensive home-based services, or intensive day treatment services; administration of the system; and appropriate continuing education of two days or less; contracts for performance of activities under the approved project; and other such items necessary to support project activities.

Grant funds and required matching funds may not be used for: other required services; to purchase or improve real estate property; provide residential care and/or services in residential treatment centers serving more than 10 children in inpatient hospital settings; any training activities with the exception of those mentioned above; and non-mental health services including mental health medical services, educational services, vocational counseling and rehabilitation, and protection and advocacy.

100% of funds are set aside for discretionary activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, political subdivisions of a State, such as county or local governments, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children under age 22 with a diagnosed serious emotional disturbance, serious behavioral disorder, or serious mental disorder.


In order for an entity to be eligible it must provide the following credentials or documentation along with an application for assistance: (1) Documentation that the State mental health agency of the applicant receives funds from the Center for Mental Health Services Community Mental Health Services Block Grant; (2) documentation that the applicant entity is qualified to deliver services under the State Medicaid Plan and has an agreement to do so, either directly or through a service provider organization; (3) documentation that the State has an approved plan for the development of a system of care for community-based services for children with a serious emotional disturbance approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For the purpose of this program, an approved State Mental Health Plan for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance submitted in accordance with the requirements of Section 1912 of the Public Health Service Act, will be accepted as such a plan; and (4) matching requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard application forms, as Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 and required by 45 CFR Part 92 for State and local governments.

Award Procedures

Applications submitted are reviewed in a two- tired peer review process. Grants in support of projects recommended for approval by the initial review group and the Center for Mental Health Services Advisory Council are awarded directly to the applicant organization.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Health Services Act, Title V, Part E, Section 561, Public Law 102-321, 42 U.S.C.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. A requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies that a recipient must maintain a specified level of financial effort in the health area for which Federal funds will be provided in order to receive Federal grant funds. This requirement is usually given in terms of a previous base-year dollar amount.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project will be funded for up to 6 years. Payments will be made under an Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: SAMHSA, awards grants projects for the twelve months budget period release and release at the time award is issued.

Post Assistance Requirements


CMHI and CH requires quarterly program reports.

No cash reports are required.

CMHI and CH requires quarterly program reports.

The (SF-425) Federal Financial Report is required by SAMHSA, Division of Grants Management 90 days after the end of each 12 month period and 90 days after the final 12 month period.

SAMHSA, monitors the grants programs through monthly conference calls, site visits, continuation application and quarterly progress reports.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


There is a 3-year record retention requirement: records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if the final audit has not been done or findings resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $86,224,702; FY 17 est $84,031,273; and FY 18 est $60,396,149

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$376,096 to $2,000,000; $1,329,454.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS awards; also the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Roger George 5600 Fisher Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 2402761418

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following review criteria will be used in evaluating proposals: (1) Potential significance of the proposed project; (2) appropriateness of goals and objectives; (3) adequacy and appropriateness of the proposed approach and activities; (4) evidence of the State's readiness and commitment to the proposed project; (5) commitment to family participation in system development and care of their children and adolescents; (6) degree of cultural competence demonstrated; (7) capability and experience of project director, consultants, and other key staff; (8) adequacy of available resources; (9) reasonableness of the proposed budget; (10) cooperation in the evaluation activities; and (11) evidence of activities directed at developing continues funding support. Award criteria include: (1) quality of proposed project as determined by the review process; (2) geographical distribution; and (3) availability of funds.

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