Block Grants for Community Mental Health Services

To provide financial assistance to States and Territories to enable them to carry out the State's plan for providing comprehensive community mental health services to adults with a serious mental illness and to children with a serious emotional disturbance; monitor the progress in implementing a comprehensive
community based mental health system; provide technical assistance to States and the Mental Health Planning Council that will assist the States in planning and implementing a comprehensive community based mental health system.

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Navajo Health Foundation - Sage Memorial Hospital, Inc. $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
Pueblo Of Pojoaque $ 248,651   2022-07-312027-07-30
Nevada Urban Indians Inc. $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
Chickasaw Nation $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board Inc $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
Central Council Tlingit And Haida Indian Tribes Of Alaska $ 248,722   2022-07-312027-07-30
Lac Du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $ 248,305   2022-07-312027-07-30
National Indian Woman Health Resource Center $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30
La Jolla Band Of Luiseno Indians $ 250,000   2022-07-312027-07-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 59 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: 59 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2018: It is estimated 59 awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used at the discretion of the State to achieve the described objectives except for certain requirements.

State plans must meet prescribed criteria.

Services under the plan will be provided only through appropriate, qualified community programs (which may include community mental health centers, child mental-health programs, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, mental health peer-support programs and mental-health primary consumer- directed programs).

Services under the plan will be provided through community mental health centers only if the centers meet prescribed criteria.

Up to 5 percent of grant funds may be used for administering the funds.

Funds may not be used to provide inpatient services; to make cash payments to intended recipients of health services; to purchase or improve land, purchase, construct, or permanently improve (other than minor remodeling) any building or other facility, or purchase major medical equipment; to satisfy any requirement for the expenditure of nonfederal funds as a condition for the receipt of Federal funds; or to provide financial assistance to any entity other than a public or nonprofit private entity. States are required to provide systems of integrated services for children with SED.

Each year the State shall expend not less than the amount expended in FY 1994.

States are also required to set aside 10 percent of their allocation for implementing programs showing strong evidence of effectiveness that targets individuals with a first episode psychosis. Other statutory requirements also apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and U.S.

Territory Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Recipients of State and U.S. Territory Governments.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Portions of 2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 applies to this program. Chief Executive Officer of the State or Territory must apply annually for an allotment. States are required to submit an application which contains a State Plan that describes comprehensive community mental health services for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance; an Implementation Report that describes State progress in implementing the plan for the preceding year; recommendations from the State Mental Health Planning Council; a report on expenditure of the preceding fiscal year's block grant funds; a maintenance of effort report and agreements signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the State.

Award Procedures

Grant Awards are issued directly by The Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the designated State agency.


Sep 01, 2016 The application is due no later than September 1 of the fiscal year for which MHBG funding is being requested. The implementation report is due by December 1.


Public Health Service Act, Subpart 1 and III, Title XIX, Part B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title XIX, Part B, Subpart I and III, Public Law 106-310. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Under 42 USC, 300x-4(b), States are required to maintain aggregate State expenditures for authorized activities at a level that is not less than the average level of such expenditures maintained by the State for the 2-year period preceding the fiscal year for which the State is applying for the grant.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each allotment is available for obligation and expenditure during the fiscal year in which it was allotted through the end of the subsequent fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


As part of the application, each State must submit an Implementation Report that describes the State's progress in implementing the State's Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Plan for the preceding fiscal year and a report of the purposes for which the grant received for the preceding fiscal year were expended, including a description of the activities of the State under the program and the recipients of the funds.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Federal Financial Report SF-425 is due 90 days after the end of the project period.

No performance monitoring is required.


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.


Each State must maintain records which are consistent with their State laws and requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $504,664,421; FY 17 est $533,094,735; and FY 18 est $533,094,735

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $69,180,482; Avg. $9,035,503.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Part 96; also portions of 2 CFR Part 200/45 CFR Part 75.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Odessa Crocker 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 240-276-1078

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications must fulfill statutory and regulatory requirements. For information regarding statutory and regulatory requirements, contact Cyntrice Bellamy, Division of State & Community Systems Development, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, HHS, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: (240) 276-1100.

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