Mental Health Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health

To provide supplemental emergency mental health counseling to individuals affected by major disasters, including the training of workers to provide such counseling.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency in the appropriate regional office.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.).
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Administracion De Servicios De Salud Mental Y Contra La Adiccion $ 5,000,000   2018-09-302020-09-29
Health And Human Services Commission, Texas $ 4,299,625   2018-09-302020-09-29
Mental Health, Missouri Department Of $ 2,474,911   2019-11-182020-08-17
Health And Human Services Commission, Texas $ 612,465   2019-11-152020-08-14
Social Services, South Dakota Department Of $ 569,694   2019-11-012020-07-30
Human Services, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 400,000   2019-07-012020-06-30
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma Department Of $ 3,065,823   2019-09-302020-06-29
Virgin Islands Dept Of Health Group $ 2,200,000   2019-06-172020-06-16
Health And Human Services, Nebraska Department Of $ 2,234,602   2019-08-182020-05-17
Human Services, Iowa Department Of $ 568,417   2019-07-292020-04-28

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 10 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: It is estimated 6 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides funds for staff, travel, consultants and other expenses incident to the provision of mental health counseling to and referral of individuals in a disaster area.

Funds may not be used for long-term treatment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be State or local nonprofit agencies as recommended by the State Governor and accepted by the Secretary.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals who were victims of major disasters.


Costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR Part 92 for State and local governments, must be used for this program..,. 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 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. The standard application forms as Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 required by 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments, must be used for this program. Application form (SF-424) is submitted by the State Coordinating Officer to the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, no later than 60 days following declaration of a disaster. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 92 for State and local governments.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by an objective review committee and recommended for approval or disapproval. Final determination for an award is made by Federal Emergency Management Agency.


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


Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act., Section 416, Public Law 100-707.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. 30 to 60 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance may be for 9 months with a possible extension of up to 90 days as approved by FEMA Regional Director. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: SAMHSA Grants Management Office notifies grantees through a Notice of Award (NoA).

Post Assistance Requirements


A progress report is due 90 days after the end of the budget period.

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.

No cash reports are required.

A final progress report is due 90 days after the end of the budget period.

The project officer requires a quarterly budget expenditure report to determine the supplemental funding.

The project officers monitors grantee's progress through frequent site visits and request for budget changes, etc.


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. In addition, 45 CFR 74.26 requires that for-profit recipients and subrecipients have an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards or Circular No. A-133.


Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period if audit findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $19,459,721; FY 17 est $7,927,718; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$694,600 to $2,134,752; $1,305,100.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See 44 CFR 205. Guidelines available in application kit. Disaster Assistance and Emergency Mental Health, HHS Publication No. (ADM) 76-327. HHS Grants Policy Statement, HHS (Rev.) January 1, 2007.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency in the appropriate regional office. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.).

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Presidential declaration of the disaster area. Justified need for supplementary services.

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